Local couple boarding cruise ship after 2 years, get COVID-19
Local couple boarding cruise ship after 2 years, get COVID-19

Local couple boarding cruise ship after 2 years, get COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, California (KTXL) – In March 2020, the Grand Princess cruise ship docked off the coast of Northern California following an eruption of COVID-19.

Veteran cruisers Ted and Ann Bowman saw the situation of passengers and crew members with a mixture of horror and relief. The Amador County couple had been on the same boat just before the outbreak.

“We thanked our lucky stars for being able to get off the ship unscathed,” said Ted Bowman.

Two years later, they decided, masked, waxed and boosted that it was safe to sail again and set off on their 40th trip with Princess Cruises. On March 27, they boarded the San Francisco. Four days later, the cruise had reached Hawaii, but Ted Bowman felt ill.

“They said, ‘You’ve tested positive for COVID. We need you to pack your things. We’re moving you to an isolated room,” Ted Bowman recalled.

He was moved to another deck and was joined there by Ann Bowman when she was eventually tested positive. They said their time in isolation was miserable. They said the wait for ordering and receiving food deliveries was hours long.

They also said there was no communication from medical staff.

“I was very depressed. I was not sleeping well. I just felt like there was no way to treat someone who had been traveling with a cruise line for 22 years,” Ted Bowman said.

They said they felt abandoned. It also became clear to them that more and more people were being added to isolation.

“We think there were 200 or more people on that deck,” Ann Bowman said.

Princess Cruises did not confirm how many people tested positive. They sent FOX40 a statement dated April 11, when the Hawaii cruise returned, saying in part:

“During the cruise, some positive COVID-19 cases were identified among our guests and crew members,” Princess Cruises said.

News reports from the end of March show that the same ship had the same problem two weeks before. Crew members and passengers tested positive on the Ruby Princess trip from San Francisco to the Panama Canal, and a few hours after returning to San Francisco, the ship took off on the 15-day trip to Hawaii – the Bowman trip.

They wish they knew that story before they boarded.

“With our risk factor is what it is, especially when Ann is asthmatic. We probably would have said no,” said Ted Bowman.

According to their website, Princess Cruises requires that passengers be fully vaccinated with a negative PCR test.

Ruby Princess Ship is currently in the orange level of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which means that there have been enough cases reported for the CDC to investigate. Four other Princess cruise ships are also in orange.

“I think Princess was too early to return to cruising. The environment was clearly not safe and they left us on board anyway,” said Ted Bowman.

According to the statement from Princess Cruises, the same day that Bowman’s docked in San Francisco, their ship was to sail next to Ensenada.


FOX40 asked Princess Cruises for an opinion, which can be read in its entirety below. We also asked several questions to clarify the situation, two of which were answered.

SANTA CLARITA, California (April 11, 2022) – Ruby Princess returned to San Francisco this morning from a 15-day cruise in Hawaii.

As with all Princess routes, this cruise operates as a heavily vaccinated cruise, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vaccination rate for guests and crew was 100%.

During the cruise, some positive COVID-19 cases were identified among our guests and crew members. All cases were asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic. Guests and crew who tested positive were isolated while being monitored and cared for by our medical team on board.

The protocols that have been established work. When cases are identified due to the test on board, cruise ship protocols help maximize containment on board with rapid response procedures designed to protect all other guests and crew as well as the communities that the ships visit.

In partnership with the CDC and the San Francisco Department of Public Health, those guests who tested positive and did not complete the isolation period will either return home via private transportation or be provided with accommodation ashore for hotels that are pre-coordinated for isolation .

Ruby Princess is scheduled to depart this afternoon for a 5-day cruise to San Diego and Ensenada.

Princess cruises

  1. How many confirmed passenger COVID-19 cases were reported aboard the cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii 27 / 3-4 / 11?
  2. How many confirmed COVID-19 cases of staff were reported aboard the cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii 27 / 3-4 / 11?
  3. How many passengers were quarantined due to close contacts or suspected cases?
  4. How many employees were quarantined due to close contacts or suspected cases?
  5. It was reported that a Ruby Princess cruise to the Panama Canal, returning 3/27, had a cluster of COVID cases on board. Is that accurate?
  6. It was also reported that the ship, which experienced the cluster of COVID cases on the Panama Canal 3 / 12-3 / 27, departed the same day for Hawaii. Is the ship with the cluster of COVID cases returning from the Panama Canal 27/3 the same ship that traveled to Hawaii 27 / 3-4 / 11?
  1. If so, how long did it take between trips?
  2. If so, were the people who went on the cruise 3 / 27-4 / 11 to Hawaii informed that there had been a cluster of cases on the same ship hours before they boarded?
  3. If so, were any of the same crew members manning both voyages?
  4. Did any crew members who manned the Panama voyage 3 / 12-3 / 27 test positive for COVID-19 during the 2 / 27-4 / 11 trip to Hawaii?
  1. What is the cleaning procedure when there have been verified cases of COVID-19 on board?
  2. Is the Ruby Princess ship returning from Hawaii 4/11 currently on another voyage?
  3. If yes, where? and have there been any COVID-19 cases reported on board?
  1. Are passengers notified when there have been positive COVID-19 cases on board during their current voyage?
  2. Will passengers be notified when embarking on a new voyage if there has been a case of COVID-19 on the same ship on the previous voyage?
  3. What is the procedure if passengers test positive or show COVID-19 symptoms while on board?

    “Anyone who reports or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms will be reviewed by medical personnel on board and tested for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). COVID-19 cases will be assessed and treated “either in their cabin or in a designated area of ​​the Medical Center in a ward with individual occupants. Positive cases will most likely be moved to another cabin for the duration of the isolation,” said Princess Cruises.

  4. Are passengers informed about these procedures and what can they expect if they become ill?

    “Yes, all procedures are listed on our website https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/frequently-asked-questions/us-cruises/,” said Princess Cruises.

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