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  • - Wow, going on the plank.

  • - [Narrator] On March 5th, Jennifer Catron

  • of Fredericksburg, Virginia, walks up the gang plank

  • to the cruise ship Costa Luminosa,

  • operated by Costa Cruises and owned by Carnival Corporation.

  • - Going on it.

  • Oh my gosh, wait!

  • - [Narrator] She's documenting her first solo trip

  • without her husband or children.

  • - We're gonna go exploring the ship.

  • - [Narrator] The ship is scheduled

  • to leave Fort Lauderdale that evening,

  • sail south through the Caribbean,

  • and east across the Atlantic, but by this point,

  • the new coronavirus was already spreading

  • in countries outside of China, including an outbreak

  • in February on the Diamond Princess, also owned by Carnival.

  • More than 700 people on that ship had been infected,

  • and seven had died, according to

  • the World Health Organization.

  • Carnival kept cruising.

  • Over the two weeks Jennifer spent on the Costa Luminosa,

  • she recorded more than 100 separate videos

  • of herself and her fellow passengers.

  • Jennifer's videos offer a look at life on board the ship.

  • The Costa Luminosa, like the Diamond Princess before it,

  • became a floating incubator, putting passengers

  • and crew at risk, and helping to spread the virus

  • around the world.

  • Carnival said that COVID-19 has spread rapidly

  • throughout communities, and cruise ships

  • are literally microcosms of what is occurring

  • in major population centers.

  • (mysterious music)

  • The story of the Costa Luminosa begins on February 29th.

  • An Italian passenger is taken off the ship

  • in the Cayman Islands and to a local hospital.

  • He is suffering from double pneumonia

  • and has had a heart attack,

  • according to subsequent interviews with his son.

  • The Luminosa then heads south to Mahogany Bay, Honduras.

  • It turns north to Cozumel, Mexico,

  • then it heads east to port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

  • where it would pick up more passengers, including Jennifer.

  • - So far, I think it's gonna be great.

  • When I first boarded and I started walking around,

  • I thought, oh my gosh, I'm gonna get so bored.

  • I got my itinerary for tomorrow

  • and I completely changed my mind.

  • - [Narrator] The Costa Luminosa departs Fort Lauderdale

  • on the evening of March 5th

  • and sails south along the Bahamas.

  • It arrives in the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico,

  • on March 8th.

  • Hundreds of passengers disembark.

  • Jennifer heads to the old city.

  • - It's so beautiful.

  • Incredible, absolutely incredible.

  • People here are friendly.

  • There's already people in the bars and restaurants.

  • - [Narrator] Jennifer returns to the ship.

  • An ambulance picks up an Italian passenger

  • in respiratory distress and takes her to a local hospital.

  • A coast guard spokesman says the Luminosa

  • didn't tell authorities about illnesses aboard the ship

  • while it was docked.

  • Carnival said it was acceptable to notify them

  • after the fact, in view of the emergency nature

  • of the passenger transfer.

  • The coast guard is investigating.

  • The ship leaves Puerto Rico and sets sail

  • for St. John's, Antigua on the evening of March 8th.

  • They arrive the following day, but are denied entry.

  • The government said the Luminosa did not inform them

  • in a timely fashion that there had been

  • a passenger on board with symptoms of an infectious disease.

  • Carnival said that the Luminosa followed

  • the required regulatory protocol.

  • The Costa Luminosa then turns east

  • and heads out into the open ocean.

  • - Staff members are cleaning a lot more.

  • They're doing surfaces.

  • People are still serving themselves in the buffet

  • and people are still congregating

  • and activities are still going on on board.

  • Right now there's not a whole lot left.

  • As you can hear, there's still coughing in the background.

  • - [Narrator] The ship heads into

  • the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

  • Group activities keep up much as they had before.

  • People congregate in restaurants and in bars.

  • - Okay, so here's life on the ship

  • after we just found out that there are no ports in Spain

  • that are willing to take us.

  • We don't know where we're going to re-fuel.

  • People are still milling around.

  • This is Friday the 13th, March 13th, 2020, guys,

  • and we are on a boat with no place to go.

  • I am seeing this situation deteriorate hour by hour.

  • We're not quite at a minute by minute

  • deterioration at this point.

  • - [Narrator] The party continues.

  • In the early morning hours on Saturday the 14th,

  • passengers gather for a singalong.

  • Jennifer discovers some bad news.

  • - I found an article online

  • saying that the lady in San Juan was positive.

  • It's actually getting pretty real.

  • - [Narrator] Late that night, the ship confirms

  • the couple dropped off in San Juan have coronavirus,

  • two of the island's first three cases,

  • according to the government.

  • By March 15th, more bad news.

  • Jennifer has learned that the Italian passenger

  • who disembarked in the Cayman Islands in late February

  • has died with COVID-19.

  • The Costa Luminosa is docked in the port

  • of Santa Crus de Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands.

  • The passengers are not allowed to disembark.

  • - [Announcer] Ladies and gentlemen,

  • may I have your attention, please.

  • (faintly speaking)

  • - [Jennifer] Police officers.

  • - [Passenger] They're very serious about it, aren't they?

  • Bloody hell.

  • - [Jennifer] They just don't want anybody getting off.

  • They don't want anybody jumping ship.

  • - [Narrator] Three sick passengers

  • and their travel companions leave the ship

  • to seek medical care.

  • (passenger coughing)

  • On the evening of the 15th, the ship announces

  • that passengers are to return to their rooms.

  • By the morning of March 16th, all restaurants are closed.

  • - [Announcer] May I have your attention please.

  • In regards to the passengers who disembarked in Tenerife,

  • we have no further updates on their condition,

  • and again, we will update you as soon as is possible.

  • - Last night I woke up at 2:00

  • and I thought it was 2:00 p.m.

  • I have no windows in here.

  • There's nothing.

  • It's literally the size of a closet.

  • The bed takes up the entire room.

  • I'm having a hard time allaying my doubts and my fears

  • to try and trust the people that are in charge.

  • - [Narrator] It is March 19th,

  • and the Costa Luminosa arrives at the port of Marseille.

  • The French government has given the ship permission to dock.

  • - [Announcer] Please strictly follow our instructions

  • that you have received regarding your disembarkation.

  • Our teams are working around the clock

  • in a situation which is evolving very rapidly.

  • - [Narrator] The French government has given the ship

  • permission to dock, and more than 700 passengers

  • prepare to disembark.

  • Italian passengers remain on board

  • until the ship reaches its final destination in Italy.

  • Jennifer and others wait for hours in buses on the dock.

  • Multiple passengers report

  • there is little or nothing to eat.

  • After nightfall, they are escorted by police cars

  • to the airport to catch a plane

  • chartered to take them to Atlanta.

  • The plane takes off after midnight.

  • Several passengers interviewed by The Journal

  • witness others collapsing, though it's not clear

  • if it's from illness or exhaustion.

  • Jennifer helps tend to the sick.

  • The plane lands in Atlanta

  • early on the morning of March 20th.

  • Passengers without fevers are allowed to walk

  • into the airport and to connecting flights.

  • Jennifer collapses in the airport.

  • She gets to a hotel to quarantine.

  • So I ended up in the emergency room last night

  • or yesterday morning at the airport.

  • I guess the doctor said it was just pure exhaustion

  • from not having slept or from not having food for so long.

  • So hopefully we'll go home soon.

  • - [Narrator] Jennifer Catron returned home on April 1st.

  • She was never tested for coronavirus.

  • She's since joined a class action lawsuit

  • against Costa Cruises.

  • Carnival says it cannot confirm

  • how many people on board the Luminosa

  • have since died with COVID-19.

  • But passengers have been crowd-sourcing

  • their own unofficial tally through a Facebook group.

  • So far they've counted 15 dead.

  • (dramatic music)

- Wow, going on the plank.

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