It took nearly 10 days for authorities to sort out what to do with the passengers and crew of the Grand Princess cruise ship. On March 9 the ship docked at a Northern California port while carrying passengers and crew members sick with coronavirus. The previous Princess ship that found itself in a similar situation, the Diamond Princess, had been forced to quarantine passengers off the coast of Japan in February. Coronavirus cases aboard that ship ballooned from 10 to 700 during the 14-day quarantine.
Apparently authorities learned from the Diamond Princess debacle. Instead of quarantining the passengers aboard the Grand Princess officials devised a plan to evacuate them and quarantine them in terrestrial military barracks.
Now, USAToday.com reports that the last of the Grand Princess' passengers have left the ship. "We can confirm that Grand Princess is no longer docked in Oakland and is now anchored in the San Francisco bay. All passengers have disembarked. We will share additional information as soon as we can," said Princess spokesperson Alivia Owyoung Ender.
The Grand Princess can carry up to 3,500 passengers and 1,100 crew.