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Life at sea isn’t all fun and games.

While many cruise lines have halted their voyages for the time being due to the coronavirus, that doesn’t mean that all of the cruise ships are empty. According to one report, some ships may actually have crew members still on board who have no idea when they’ll get to go home.

In <a data-cke-saved-href=”https://www.foxnews.com/travel/princess-cruises-suspending-cruises-60-days-coronavirus” href=”https://www.foxnews.com/travel/princess-cruises-suspending-cruises-60-days-coronavirus” target=”_blank”>mid-March</a>, Princess Cruises announced that it would temporarily pause all its cruises in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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A cast member on the Sky Princess cruise ship spoke with WFTV, explaining that he had originally boarded the boat back in March or February and worked on several cruises around the Caribbean. In mid-March, however, Princess Cruises announced that it would temporarily pause all its cruises in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The last passengers disembarked from the Sky Princess about 40 days ago. There are reportedly still 1,300 crew members waiting on board the ship.

One of those crew members, Dan Domenech, spoke with WFTV from the ship, which is still docked in Port Everglades in Florida, saying, “They got all the passengers off. The crew was here on board, waiting on instruction for what was going to happen next.”

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He says the crew has “complied with everything they’ve asked us to do. We did a 14-day quarantine. We wear masks every time we leave our rooms. Anything from a runny nose to a scratchy throat gets recorded.”

Princess Cruises recently announced that it will be canceling some trips scheduled for after the initial 60-day pause, with some cancelations extending through the summer.

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Meanwhile, on the Sky Princess, Domenech says he’s ready to go. “Do what you have to do,” he told WFTV. “We’ve had our bags packed all week ready to go, ready for them to pull the trigger on this, so just let them get off the boat.”

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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