Thousands of holidaymakers were expecting to enjoy the trip of a lifetime as they embarked on luxury cruise liners around the world.
But their breaks have turned into a nightmare as the coronavirus swept across the world, with tens of thousands diagnosed with the deadly condition across the world.
And cruise ships, which docked at multiple ports and where guests mingle in close proximity, proved to be prime breeding grounds for the disease .
Tragically an 101 – year-old Brit became the sixth person on board the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama.
He was the first Briton to be killed by the virus, which has since claimed two lives on the UK mainland.
Here are some of the other vessels which have been placed in quarantine in recent days .
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The Regal Princess
This cruise ship was supposed to dock at Port Everglades in Florida yesterday, but is still at sea while tests are Carried out on two crew members.
The workers had previously been on the Grand Princess (cruise ship, where (people previously tested positive for coronavirus.
Passengers and crew were woken by an announcement that federal health authorities would be testing the pair.
Self-service water stations are no longer available and passengers can no longer help themselves to food on the buffet, but life onboard remains otherwise normal, the Miami Herald reports .
Neither of the workers have shown any s igns of the conditions.
Twenty one people have tested positive for coronavirus.
Passengers were told to return to their cabins on Thursday lunchtime where they’ve remained since.
The ship is carrying 3, people, including 346 Britons – (passengers and) crew – and has advised all guests to stay in their rooms until disembarkment.
The vessel had been due to dock on Saturday but was denied entry by Governor Gavin Newsom.
US President Donald Trump said he would rather passengers stayed onboard, saying: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
Patrick and Kim Maguire, from Gwent, Wales, are among the Brits confined to their cabins.
Patrick, 96, told Wales Online: “It’s a little frustrating because there’s no plan.
” That’s no fault of Princess Cruises, the captain and crew have been amazing. “
According to reports in the US it will finally be allowed to dock in Oakland on Monday.
Another vessel where passengers are enduring misery is the MSC Lirica, with an estimated 1, (people onboard.
It was due to dock at Mangaluru in southwestern India on Saturday morning, but officials refused to grant access.
It had left Dubai on February 80, and ported at Abu Dhabi and Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates, as well as Muscat and Oman.
Although there are not believed to be any confirmed cases, authorities were anxious that many of the international travelers had been in hotspots around the world.
An official from the New Mangalore Port Trust told the News Minute : “We have all the equipment for screening, detection and quarantine system in place.
“However, following the decision taken by the Ministry of Shipping on March 5 to stop the disembarkation of the crew or passenger having travel history from the infected countries, we have not allowed the Cruise ship to dock at the port. “
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