Covid-19: Passengers from Coral Princess disembark

6 April 2020 (Last Updated April 6th, 2020 09:58)

Princess Cruises said that the Coral Princess cruise ship passenger disembarkation began on 4 April.

Covid-19: Passengers from Coral Princess disembark
Coral Princess is owned and operated by Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises. Credit: Roy Luck.

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Princess Cruises said that the Coral Princess cruise ship passenger disembarkation began on 4 April.

Passengers, leaving for California, US, Australia and the UK, will depart via charter flights arranged by Princess Cruises.

However, due to a policy issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), passengers cannot travel via commercial flights and shared transportation with other guests who were not on the cruise.

Because of this, passengers from other countries, including Canada, will have to stay onboard until a repatriation plan, adhering to the CDC requirements is formulated.

During disembarkation, passengers underwent health screening directed by the CDC. After they reach their destination, passengers will have to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask.

All those who exhibit respiratory symptoms and those who are recovering will stay on the ship until the doctors on the ship clear them for disembarkation.

Passengers who require medical attention were transported to the hospitals.

The ship was carrying at least 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and has reported three deaths.

Two people died before the ship docked at Miami, Florida, US, and another person died at the hospital.

The ship was carrying 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members. On 5 March, the ship departed from San Antonio, Texas, US, and was scheduled to end the journey on 19 March at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On 20 March, due to the decree issued by Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, Coral Princess departed from the port of Buenos Aires and guests could not disembark at as previously planned.

Princess Cruises’ three other ships, Diamond Princess, Grand Princess in California and Ruby Princess in Australia, have also reported an increase in the confirmed cases on board and after disembarkation.