Published on : Monday, April 6, 2020
On Saturday, the Coral Princess cruise arrived in Port Miami. The cruise was carrying thousands of passengers, out of which 12 guests tested positive for coronavirus. Those guests were isolating themselves in their respective cabins. After the ship docked in Miami, passengers affected by the COVID-19 disease were rushed to hospitals. However, 2 passengers passed away on-board.
Princess Cruises shared in a statement that the company is deeply for the demise of two passengers on Coral Princess. It mentioned that the company’s hearts go out to the family, friends, and all who are impacted by the loss. Princess Cruises also offered sincere condolences for the demise.
The entire process of disembarkation of guests is expected to take several days due to limited flight availability. Princess Cruises already announced that guests requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first.
Disembarkation for guests who are fit to fly began on Sunday, April 5. These guests are being directly transferred from the ship to Miami International Airport for flights back home.
Any guests showing respiratory symptoms or who are still recovering from being previously sick have been asked to remain onboard until medically cleared by the doctors on the ship.
On March 5, the Coral Princess departed from San Antonio, Santiago for a South America voyage which was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires on March 19. Later, Cruises announced a voluntary 60-day pause of operations in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease. Princess Cruises was one of the first companies in the leisure travel industry to take proactive measures against the virus.