Passengers disembark off Grand Princess

Medical personnel help load passengers onto buses as they disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the port of Oakland in California. Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In a statement sent to SAS, Princess Cruises, a Carnival Corporation unit, said that as of 1900 h California time on 10 March, 1,406 people have disembarked from Grand Princess.

The company said, “As part of the disembarkation process, [the] health and human services team has been on board the Grand Princess to assist with medical screenings and interviews and has prioritised those who require the most medical attention and care.”

Twenty-one people on Grand Princess, comprising 19 crew members and 2 passengers, tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after a former passenger subsequently died in California. The Californian government then formulated quarantine arrangements for more than 2,000 US citizens and repatriation procedures for passengers on the ship. Separate quarantine arrangements for the 1,100-strong crew are being planned.

Further, the passengers on another Princess Cruises ship, Caribbean Princess, have been cleared to disembark in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after negative COVID-19 results were returned from two crew who were transferred from an affected ship.

Princess Cruises has teamed up with World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organisation, to provide meals for the passengers and crew on Grand Princess, as passengers start to disembark in Oakland.