The attorneys from Gibbs Law Group are currently investigating potential claims against Carnival and Princess Cruises on behalf of passengers of the Grand Princess cruise who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Among other things, our team is investigating claims that Carnival and Princess Cruises did not take proper measures to ensure passenger safety, including by warning Grand Princess passengers about potential exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Carnival and Princess Cruises Knew About the Risks of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Early February 2020
As far back as early February, Carnival Cruises knew about the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on its cruise ships. For example, according to a report by Nature, a passenger who disembarked from the Diamond Princess in Hong Kong tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. By February 4, Carnival and Princess began to quarantine passengers on the Diamond Princess while it was in Japan after an outbreak onboard with ten initial cases according to a report by the Guardian. This number quickly increased to hundreds of cases such that the Guardian reported on February 17 that there were over 450 confirmed infections onboard the Diamond Princess. By February 19, two Diamond Princess passengers died according to Business Insider.
Despite all of the above information, the Grand Princess arrived at port in San Francisco on February 21, 2020. Allegedly, Carnival and Princess chose not to have any of the passengers staying on board screened or examined and did not notify passengers boarding on February 21 about the risks of the COVID-19 coronavirus on its vessel.