Coronavirus cruise: Insider reveals what it’s really like on a quarantined cruise ship

Coronavirus cruise: One passenger on a quarantined ship off Chile has shared his experience (stock) (Image: Getty Images)

Cruise ship holidays have suffered a huge blow as coronavirus sweeps the globe. Many ships have been turned into quarantine sites as they are unable to disembark amid virus fears. So what is it like to be stuck on one of these cruise ships?

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One passenger on a quarantined ship off Chile has shared his experience.

Thomas Bywater, writing for NZ Herald, explained that the Chilean pleasure cruiser he was on had no cases of coronavirus onboard although “cabin fever” was certainly at large.

With crew and passengers of 14 nationalities, all healthy, they were free to roam the ship.

Bywater explained that many of them felt powerless as they were unable to escape.

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Coronavirus cruise: “Every want was cared for, except a way out. We could hardly complain” (stock) (Image: Getty Images)

However, he said: “Watching the world fall apart, while stuck on a pleasure boat with regular meals and an open bar was a surreal position.

“Every want was cared for, except a way out. We could hardly complain. Some did.”

So how did those onboard the cruise ship keeping themselves entertained?

Bywater explained that passengers would do exercises on deck in the morning, from jogging to pilates – although this made for cramped working out conditions.

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They also identified who had what talents onboard.

As a result, they turned their hands to salsa lessons, learning Spanish or playing bingo.

They also watched films to pass the time.

“When things got really desperate, Sergio Ruz, the ship’s boatswain led a multi-lingual course on nautical knot tying,” wrote Bywater.

Coronavirus cruise: The stress of how they were going to get home remained throughout (stock) (Image: Getty Images)

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“Like a balding Chilean snake charmer he held passengers transfixed with floppy ends of rope and double entendre-laden explanations so potent, they made our translator blush. Actually, few needed translation.”

The stress of how they were going to get home remained throughout.

Indeed, this is a problem for tens of thousands of Britons at the moment.

Travel expert Simon Calder appeared on BBC Breakfast today to share his travel advice with these Britons stranded abroad.

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“Unfortunately we have still have at least 50,000 people who are not where they need to be,” said Calder.

“The best thing anyone who is stranded can do is contact their MP,” he said, “yes they do have a kind of magic bullet but a magic email through to the Foreign Office where you can alert to particular cases of distress

“Of course if you can get yourself out of there then please do but increasingly the avenues are closing down.

“It’s really a matter, in these extreme circumstances, of putting increasing pressure on your MP, on the Foreign Office and just doing what you can.”