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Lawsuits Claim Princess Cruises Knew of COVID-19 Before Voyages

Lawsuits Claim Princess Cruises Knew of COVID-19 Before Voyages

June 10, 2020 — Two lawsuits claim that Princess Cruises knew of COVID-19 cases on previous voyages, but continued to sail the ships and allow new passengers to board.

The Grand Princess lawsuit accuses Princess Cruise Lines of proceeding with a 16-day cruise on February 21, knowing that at least one passenger on the prior voyage had symptoms of COVID-19.

Furthermore, Princess Cruise Lines is accused of intentionally concealing this information from passengers before they boarded, and while passengers were already on board.

After that passenger tested positive for COVID-19, the company waited one day before ordering passengers to isolate in their staterooms. In doing so, over 2,000 passengers were exposed to the highly-contagious virus and exposed to a risk of infection and death.

The Grand Princess lawsuit was filed on June 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California — Gregory Eicher v. Princess Cruise Lines Ltd.Case No. 2:20-cv-04958.

The Ruby Princess lawsuit accuses Princess Cruise Lines of proceeding with a 14-day cruise on March 8, knowing that at least 1 passenger from the prior voyage had symptoms of COVID-19.

Furthermore, Princess Cruise Lines decided not to quarantine passengers, even after passengers on the ship started showing symptoms of COVID-19, and passengers from the prior voyage tested positive for COVID-19. In doing so, over 2,700 passengers were exposed to the highly-contagious virus and a risk of infection or death.

The Ruby Princess lawsuit was filed on June 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California — James Heinzer v. Princess Cruise Lines Ltd.Case No. 2:20-cv-04959.

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