A cruise ship with two coronavirus deaths and at least 12 infections just docked in Miami — take a look at how it ended up there

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.
  • The Coral Princess cruise ship, which has confirmed cases of COVID-19 aboard and two dead passengers, docked in Miami.
  • The Princess Cruises ship was one of several cruise ships stuck at sea seeking a port, and was turned away several times before reaching Miami.
  • The coronavirus has infected more than one million people around the world, and the US has the largest reported outbreak.
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The Coral Princess cruise ship, which has at least 12 people infected with COVID-19 onboard and two dead from the disease, docked in Miami on Saturday.

COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, shut down most of the cruise industry in March, but some ships were already at sea when the order came. As of March 31, Business Insider’s Mark Matousek reported that ten ships were still sailing. Cases of the virus spread quickly on other cruise ships from the Princess line. The Diamond Princess, which docked in Japan in February, had 700 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths as passengers were kept on board. Similarly, the Grand Princess had an outbreak aboard its ship, and deboarded passengers were quarantined at a California military base.

Here’s how the Coral Princess ended up in Miami.


The Coral Princess left from Chile on March 5.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: CNN


On March 12, Princess Cruises announced a voluntary suspension of all cruises.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

It docked in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 19 for what was supposed to be the end of the journey.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

But by then, coronavirus infections had spread around the world, and only passengers with Argentine passports were allowed to disembark.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Still, no one aboard had yet tested positive for COVID-19.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

The Coral Princess then picked up supplies in Uruguay on March 21.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

It was denied permission to disembark in both Uruguay and Brazil.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: Princess


After getting more supplies in Barbados, on March 31 Princess Cruises announced a high number of people with “influenza-like symptoms,” and guests were asked to self isolate in their rooms.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: Princess


On April 2, seven guests and five crew members were confirmed to have COVID-19, for a total of 12 known infections on board.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

There were 1,020 passengers and 878 crew member on the chip.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

The ship then got permission to dock in Fort Lauderdale, but coast guard officials then blocked the ship due to “an unacceptable risk of medical emergency due to the inherent and high probability of transmission of COVID-19 aboard.”

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Ambulance.

Source: The Guardian


By Friday night, two people had died onboard.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: Orlando Sentinel


On April 4, the ship was finally allowed to dock at the Port of Miami, Florida.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

One person was immediately rushed off the ship and taken in an ambulance to the hospital.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: The Guardian


Guests will start to disembark April 5, a process that Carnival says will take several days.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

Source: Princess


Any passengers or crew who are sick with respiratory symptoms are required to stay aboard until cleared by doctors.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Coral Princess cruise ship.

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