The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Japan's Yokohama on February 4, after evidence of the novel coronavirus was found on the vessel. Recently, 44 more people contracted the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 219. This means it's the largest outbreak outside of mainland China. While those who've tested positive are allowed to leave the ship for treatment, everyone else has to remain there at least until February 19.

The passengers have been asked to stay in their rooms, wear masks, and walk on the deck for a couple of minutes each day, keeping at least six feet of distance from others. Their meals are delivered to their room, and they also have plenty of TV, movie, and newspaper options to pass the time.

One more thing they're doing to keep themselves busy is sharing their everyday lives on social media. Their posts provide interesting insights into what it's like to stay on a cruise to nowhere, facing an epidemic that has already claimed more than 1,350 people.

More info: princess.com

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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Of course Japan has, they are awesome.

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Bored Panda spoke to one of the passengers on the quarantined ship to get a better understanding of the situation. "We spend way too much time on social media these days," Aun Na Tan, a mom-of-three from Australia, said. "When we have steady internet, it's probably around 12 hours. We mainly chat with family and friends but also check the news and posts by other people."

Their day usually starts when room service wakes them up for breakfast. "We then all have breakfast and check our messages and e-mails. My hubby is working remotely so he logs on to work. We spend the next few hours reading or chatting online. Lunch arrives. We also watch the news and the “wake show” - a program hosted by the cruise director ... We might play a game when the Internet is down or hubby has a free moment from the teleconference. In the evenings, the kids and hubby take turns doing stretches and exercise before dinner arrives. We watch a movie or two before turning in for the night."


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varwenea
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1 week ago

That is very sweet (and appropriate) of the passengers. Need to be kind and understanding to survive this nightmare together.

The quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship is responsible for creating several online communities as well. Some of the passengers formed groups on WhatsApp and Facebook to fight the isolation and share information. They also focus on keeping each other's spirits up.

"The mood of most passengers we are in contact with is positive," Tan said. "Most people are thankful for the support we are receiving, and we tend to gravitate to people with the same positive vibe as us. We are glad we are together, in comfort and safety."

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varwenea
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1 week ago

Legit. Holland America did the same thing. I feel for the passengers and the cruise company too. The company didn't cause this, but it's a miserable experience and they are offering very reasonable compensation.

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"To add to the above, we want to express our gratitude and admiration to the captain, the entire crew, and Japanese officials and medical volunteers who have proved countless times that they are working hard to make sure we are staying safe, comfortable and our needs -- both physical and mental -- are met. Also, the multitude of heartwarming messages that we receive from family, friends, and even strangers reaching out to us helps make our day brighter. There are loads of trolls mixed in there but haters gonna hate, and as Taylor Swift says, 'gotta shake it off!' Thank you everyone."

Because of the extraordinary circumstances on board, Princess Cruises will refund the full cruise fare for all 2,666 guests including air travel, hotel, ground transportation, pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities and other items. In addition, guests will not be charged for any on board incidental charges during the additional time on the vessel.

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
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Oh Skibbo, That's a good game!

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 week ago (edited)

Cruise ships have always been hosts to certain viruses and diseases.. The most common is the norovirus, mostly because of the close proximity of people in an enclosed space.

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varwenea
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1 week ago

That is positive attitude!

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varwenea
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1 week ago

Now that is looking for a silver lining even when there isn't one! Way to keep up the positive attitude.

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Anne
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1 week ago

This is funny! Better than the press idiots..

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Kim Lee
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1 week ago

Haha, this is gold! Having this sense of humor while is such a situation is amazing.

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Leslie Bethea
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1 week ago

Scary to see outside your window...

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Human #1,232,867
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It's actually 175 now..

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Donna Leske
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4 days ago

Can't passengers phone crew or service to bring them coffee and etc.?

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Anne
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1 week ago

Good job staying active!

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Noez 🇸🇪
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1 week ago

Yummie!

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Gregg V
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4 days ago

When your cruise line only sends you the very best face mask so you don't die.

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Clavelle
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1 week ago

Poor woman, I wish her the best

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Spikey Bunny
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5 days ago

I can't imagine what it would be like to be a child stuck in there for all this time! So thankful someone is keeping them busy.

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Marlene Ricker
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3 days ago

I'm sure the overworked crew appreciate your note of support.

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varwenea
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1 week ago

Souvenir shopping while quarantined? That'd be funny.

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Anne
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1 week ago

oh but with other people.. that's maybe not so handy..

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Donna Leske
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4 days ago

Good attitude! Thumbs up!!! Stay strong!

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Francis
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1 week ago

I would try to be as drunk as possible xD what else do you wanna do?

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Nikki D
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1 week ago

Is that the whole room? Yikes.

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Keilana Ferenczy
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4 days ago

Yay?

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John Hopkins
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1 week ago

Change to the metric system already.

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Catlady6000
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1 week ago

Mushy peas?

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Gregg V
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4 days ago

Thank God for the internet! Sorry, Dad! Kids still happy, stay and sleep in bed, watch movies, play games, and chat with friends.

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wow, bee diaz. you're just a professional asshole, aren't you?

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 week ago

of all the sh***y things on this planet, there is the scum that floats on the surface of a cesspool, and then there is the media.

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