The ship was docked on March 9.

By Alison Fox
Updated March 16, 2020
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The Grand Princess Ship that was quarantined for over a week in California due to coronavirus concerns is finally getting ready to let some of the crew off, according to the cruise line.

The ship, which docked in Oakland, Calif., on March 9, was quarantined after a former passenger — who had taken a cruise from San Francisco to Mexico on the same ship — died of coronavirus. The passenger’s death prompted California to declare a state of emergency.

Medical personnel help load passengers onto buses as they are disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California on March 10, 2020.
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Nineteen crew members and two passengers were since diagnosed with the virus that has infected over 3,000 Americans.

The ship — that was carrying more than 3,500 passengers and crew — allowed more than 2,000 passengers off last week, who were then taken to military bases for their 14-day quarantine.

On Sunday, Princess Cruises said in a statement it was coordinating with several state and federal agencies “on a plan to disembark and repatriate Grand Princess crew members via charter flights."

According to Princess, crew members who are ill or symptomatic won’t be able to fly, while those who can’t get a charter flight will remain under quarantine on the ship.

Medical Personnel help load passengers onto an airplane after they were disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California on March 10, 2020.
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The ship was also preparing to leave the Port of Oakland and move to a dock in San Francisco, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported. The ship was supposed to leave on Sunday, but Oakland police told the network it would not actually depart until Monday.

The Grand Princess troubles come as many cruise lines — including its company, Princess Cruises — have suspended operations amid the coronavirus crisis. Last week, Virgin Voyages said it was delaying its inaugural sailing, and Carnival Cruise Line has suspended sailings from March 14 through April 9.

Similarly, Norwegian Cruise Line said it cancelled all sailings from March 13 to April 11 and Royal Caribbean International halted operations from March 15 with the “goal” to sail again by April 11.

A representative for Princess Cruises and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who the cruise line said is working on disembarkation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Travel + Leisure.

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