Friday, 27 May 2022

Coronavirus-hit cruise ship passengers ‘fighting over rotten food’

A British grandmother stuck on a coronavirus -hit cruise ship has claimed passengers are “fighting over rotten food”.

Margaret Bartlett, 77, is one of 140 Brits on board the Grand Princess, which has been stopped from docking in California after 21 people tested positive for the killer disease.

Ms Bartlett said she is now confined to her cabin, which does not have a balcony.

Speaking about the situation on-board, she told the BBC she was going “stir crazy” as passengers are unsure how much longer they will have to stay on the ship.

She added: “The food is rotten and terrible and we have to fight for it. It is not good enough."

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Ms Bartlett continued: “It is not good enough. We are going stir crazy stuck in the cabin.

“It is a bit depressing when we saw land and it was sunny and we couldn't get out.

The pensioner also claimed a passenger who stayed 10 cabins away from her had been killed by the virus.

Officials also confirmed at least one previous passenger, a 71-year-old man, died last week after his stay on the ship.

But a spokesman for Princess Cruises insisted all the food being served to those on board in fresh", while adding guests would be allowed to disembark from today.

“Princess Cruises can confirm that disembarkation of guests onboard Grand Princess is expected to begin today," the spokesman said.

"The safety, health and well-being of our guests and crew is always our top priority, and we continue to make every effort to ensure they are safe and comfortable while they remain on board.

"Our food is made from fresh. The crew are continuing to ensure that all guest requirements are met and they are receiving meal deliveries in their staterooms by room service."

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A Foreign Office spokesman told Daily Star Online: “We are working intensively with the US authorities on arrangements for a flight for British nationals who are currently on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California.

“We are in contact with all British nationals on board to offer assistance, as well as local authorities and staff on board the ship.”

While the Grand Princess is expected to dock later today in Oakland, getting passengers off the ship could take several days.

The cruise ship has some 3,500 passengers and crew on board and is one of several vessels that have been hit by the coronavirus .

It’s sister ship, the Diamond Princess had been held in Yokohama, near Tokyo, while Japanese authorities kept the vessel on lockdown .

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