Editor’s Note: Here is the latest dispatch from Vicki Shurly, Director of Peninsula Community Library, who is on the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship in the Pacific Ocean with her husband Bob – a dream trip on which they embarked in February before the COVID-19 virus pandemic spread across the globe. The ship has been turned away from several ports, including, it seems, their latest option. Click here for Part 1; click here for Part 2. And read on for the latest installment in Bob and Vicki’s story…
Wandering around last night, fellow passengers started sharing news that Hawaii would not be allowing us to disembark from the ship. A man from Flint stopped us as we were walking on the Promenade Deck. A lady from Germany shared it again in the elevator, and a man from Canada showed us the article in the Toronto Star this morning.
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That article said that citizens of Honolulu would block the gate if we were allowed off. No announcements have been made by Norwegian Cruise Lines to passengers, and some people are still booking flights from Hawaii home! We were told to have flight arrangements by March 20 and to submit them to Norwegian by March 20. Many of us have refused. We will not book until we are off in a port.
There are people who have maxed out their credit cards on flights home that they had to cancel. We, fortunately, have been able to cancel all flights but the one from Tahiti. We have sent them an email, but have received no response. No one answers the phone at the airlines. Our son will work on it from home.
The biggest issue at the moment is the lack of official communication from the Norwegian cruise ship. They must have the same news we do. People are upset with the lack of timely communication and transparency.
On the other hand, they are taking very good care of us. We have great meals, entertainment and movies, and we can gather in groups. We have toilet paper, too. I never thought that would be an issue in our American lives!
Last night, after we heard all the rumors, we walked the top deck a little despondent. We are safe, but we all really want to be home regardless.
We finally sat down with others and watched the stars. We saw the southern hemisphere side of everything we know from home and the Southern Cross. It was a beautiful night. People were talking softly and calmly, and one man from Australia was reciting poetry.
We are all safe, but home seems a long distance away, in more ways than one.
Editor’s Note: Feel free to leave comments for Vicki and Bob below. Words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.