The Grand Princess cruise ship passes by Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Monday, March 9, 2020 as it heads to dock at the Port of Oakland. A total of 21 people on board, 19 of them crew members, have tested positive for coronavirus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Grand Princess docks at Port of Oakland

Cruise ship held at sea due to coronavirus cases on board

The quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship arrived at the Port of Oakland midday Monday in order to offload passengers and crew members who have tested positive for or may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Passenger evacuations are expected to take two to three days after the ship docks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday at a news conference with local and state officials. The ship’s docking process at the 10-acre port site is expected to be complex due to the ship’s size and various factors like tide conditions.

Health officials have screened at least 46 people aboard the ship for the virus and 21 have tested positive, 19 of them crewmembers. The ship had remained stationed off of the San Francisco coast as federal, state and local health officials seek a solution to evacuate its passengers and take them to local hospitals to be quarantined.

Once passengers are removed from the ship, it is expected to leave the Bay Area to continue the crew’s quarantine. Further details about the process of taking passengers off the ship had not been released by authorities as of Monday afternoon.

Earlier Monday, Princess Cruises, the owner of the Grand Princess, announced that it would offer full refunds to passengers of the ship, including expenses for air and ground travel, hotel reservations, pre-paid shore activities and gratuities. The company will also offer passengers a credit for the fare on a future cruise.

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Service

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