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Cullman, AL – June and Len Brooks of Cullman, Alabama will soon be transported to Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia after being stuck offshore for 5 days in the Pacific ocean aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. Though neither of the couple have any symptoms, the quarantine is mandatory for 14 days.

Supplies Delivered to the Cruise Ship

What started out as an idyllic cruise to Hawaii to celebrate the couple’s 48th wedding anniversary soon turned into an adventure of National interest when nineteen crew members and two passengers on the Grand Princess tested positive for Covid-19.

“We have had so much fun and it has been a great trip. It was a shock to read the letter on the way back of the situation on the ship,” said June Brooks. “We are both well. We have stayed in our stateroom watching movies and the news and enjoying the views from our balcony.”

Crowds Cheered at the Golden Gate Bridge in Support of the Cruise Ship Passengers

With over 3,500 people from 54 countries, the passengers were required to remain in their rooms using room service to receive food for meals. The cruise ship has docked in Oakland and transportation arrangements are currently being organized.

“It was heartwarming,” said June Brooks, “when we came under the Golden Gate bridge this morning and people were on the bridge waving and cheering for us, as well as on the dock. It was so encouraging! We are grateful to the Mayor and people of Oakland, to Governor Newson of California, and Princess Cruises for working to bring us in safely. We now face quarantine and testing which we welcome as a precaution to preserve the health and safety of ourselves as well as others.”

Transportation Efforts Underway

For information and safety tips regarding COVID-19 check out the Cullman Regional Medial Center’s website: