The Grand Princess, a ship which carried more than 3,500 people on board, including hundreds of Filipinos, has finally docked in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Despite the Trump administration’s warnings about cruise ships, the Grand Princess has docked here in Oakland this afternoon.
This — after sailing in circles off the coast for days — after a passenger linked to the same voyage, died from COVID-19 in Placer County, California.
After days of uncertainty circling around San Francisco Bay, the Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying about 520 Filipino crew members, has docked in Oakland, CA.
The cruise ship, where 21 people have tested positive for COVID-19, was originally scheduled to dock in San Francisco — but federal, state and local authorities agreed to change the docking site to the Port of Oakland, where an 11-acre site could facilitate a more isolated disembarkation.
The Oakland Pier also has close access to the city’s international airport where foreign passengers will be routed to return to their home countries.
Of the 21 confirmed cases of COVID 19 on the cruise ship, 19 are crew members and 2 are passengers.
Princess Cruise officials have confirmed Philippine nationals are among the 19 crew members who have tested positive aboard the ship.
“I have received some very strong assurances that this operation will employ the best isolation practices known, that the operation will be conducted in a manner that minimizes the time for the Grand Princess to be at the Port of Oakland, and that once the disembarkation operation is complete, that the ship will depart Oakland, that no one will be quarantined in Oakland or released to our community.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom said close to 1,000 California residents on the ship will be given priority, followed by non-California residents who are U.S. citizens and then non-U.S. citizens.
Those who have tested positive for the virus will be sent directly to various hospitals in the state.