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Grand Princess Cruise Sailed After Covid-19 Outbreak Class Action

This class action spotlights the spread of Covid-19 on the February 21, 2020 cruise of the Grand Princess from California to Hawaii, after an outbreak on the cruise directly before that one. The complaint alleges that the companies responsible for the sailing, Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc, and Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., were at the very least negligent in undertaking another cruise without adequate measures in place.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who were passengers on the motor vessel Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco, California, departing on February 21, 2020 to sail round trip to Hawaii.

Carnival and Princess had its first brush with the disease around early February 2020, when the ship Diamond Princess, in port at Yokohama, Japan, reported an outbreak. Ten original cases eventually escalated to over 700.

On February 11, 2020, the Grand Princess embarked on a cruise from San Francisco to Mexico. On February 20, a passenger complained of symptoms at the medical center, and the complaint alleges that at least three other passengers also had Covid symptoms. When the ship arrived back at San Francisco on February 21, the complaint says, “[a]pproximately sixty-two passengers, at least two of whom were ill, and over 1,000 crew members remained onboard…”

However, the complaint alleges, Carnival and Princess “did not implement any effective Covid-19 medical screening or examination procedures for crew or passengers…” Furthermore, the complaint adds, they “did not initiate effective measures to sanitize or disinfect the vessel in-between voyages, and did not implement any procedures for screening or testing existing or new passengers boarding the ship for the Hawaii-bound voyage.”

Nor were passengers scheduled to board for that trip warned of the outbreak on the Mexico trip. The only thing that was required was the filling out of a questionnaire asking if they’d felt sick or had recently been in China. The complaint alleges, “Upon information and belief, increased sanitary precautions did not begin onboard … until on or about March 3, 2020.”

On March 4, passengers received a health advisory, telling of the “small cluster” of Covid-19 cases” connected to the ship. The advisory said the ship would not be making a stop in Mexico, as scheduled but would return to San Francisco. The complaint says while the advisory did provide some advice, “[i]t did not make any recommendations for quarantine or social distancing measures.” The ship canceled only large public gatherings.

Finally, on March 5, two weeks after sailing, the ship instituted quarantines, meal service to cabins, and cancellations of events. The ship was not allowed to dock in San Francisco until March 9. Passengers were finally able to disembark on March 10, at which time most were taken to Travis Air Force Base and other locations for quarantine.

A report from the CDC later concluded that “crew members were likely infected on voyage A and then transmitted [the virus] to passengers on voyage B[.]”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Hazard

Most Recent Case Event

Grand Princess Cruise Sailed After Covid-19 Outbreak Complaint

February 9, 2021

This class action spotlights the spread of Covid-19 on the February 21, 2020 cruise of the Grand Princess from California to Hawaii, after an outbreak on the cruise directly before that one. The complaint alleges that the companies responsible for the sailing, Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc, and Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., were at the very least negligent in undertaking another cruise without adequate measures in place.

Grand Princess Cruise Sailed After Covid-19 Outbreak Complaint

Case Event History

Grand Princess Cruise Sailed After Covid-19 Outbreak Complaint

February 9, 2021

This class action spotlights the spread of Covid-19 on the February 21, 2020 cruise of the Grand Princess from California to Hawaii, after an outbreak on the cruise directly before that one. The complaint alleges that the companies responsible for the sailing, Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc, and Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., were at the very least negligent in undertaking another cruise without adequate measures in place.

Grand Princess Cruise Sailed After Covid-19 Outbreak Complaint
Tags: Covid-19 Related, Exposure to Disease, Gross Negligence, Negligence