Eureka resident Mary Farney Crumley, who — like all passengers of the Grand Princess — has been confined in her stateroom since Thursday, is happy to be headed toward solid ground.
Crumley and her fellow cruise-goers were headed back to the West Coast from Hawaii when word came down that a passenger on the Grand Princess’s previous cruise had fallen ill with the COVID-19 virus and died. A planned call at Ensenada was canceled, and tests revealed that at least 21 people on board Crumley’s cruise had been infected with the virus, 19 of them crew members.
After being left to float around San Francisco Bay over the weekend while plans were put in place, the ship docked this afternoon at Oakland. Crumley has sent the Outpost a few videos of life aboard on the last day of the ill-starred cruise.
Though life in quarantine has been less than ideal, Crumley had nothing but praise for the way the cruise line has handled the situation.
“Despite what [people] may have heard, Princess has taken excellent care of us — kept us fed, informed,comfortable and entertained as best they could,” said Crumley.
The cruise line has refunded the entire cost of the trip, Crumley said, and has offered everyone a future cruise free of charge.
Unfortunately, it looks as though Crumley’s vacation is going to be extended by 14 days, which will be spent in isolation at Travis Air Force Base while she and fellow passengers are certified COVID-free. It’s not ideal, but she’s keeping her spirits high.
“We miss Humboldt and can’t wait to be home,” Crumley wrote. “We are anxious to get off this ship and on solid ground!”