“I sleep well,” says the 71-year-old Dutchman who wants to remain anonymous, to RTL News. He and his wife are not allowed to leave their room, food is placed outside their door three times a day.
The Diamond Princess has around 3700 people on board. The ship is anchored at the city of Yokohama. Passengers and crew members are not allowed to disembark.
At one point, the Dutch man saw a row of fire trucks and ambulances approaching. “At that time we could already see that in addition to the 10 infections that were already there, another 10 were added.”
View of volcano
When the ship docked in Yokahama, the Dutch couple were “lucky,” the man says. “My cabin with balcony is right on the quay, on the sunny side. I have a view of a beautiful bay and even look out at a volcano. That is wonderful to see.”
Not everyone has that happiness: of the 1500 cabins, 600 are inside, so without a window or balcony.
The captain says little about the situation, the Dutchman says. “We have a Whatsapp group with six fellow passengers, and the information comes first from there.”
Call for fresh air
The letter also shows that Japanese officials are discussing whether it is possible for small groups of guests to spend some time on the deck, “to get some fresh air.”
“Occasionally I notice that there are people who are in the inside cabins, angry,” says the Dutchman. “When food is brought, that is the time for them to say something. And then you hear that. But yes, the cabin crew can’t help it either.”
Railing of balcony
Two weeks in seclusion, in a small space. How’s that prospect? The Dutchman and his wife try to make the best of it. “We are careful, in fact we are all suspicious. It is not wise to hang over the balcony railing with the neighbors.”
The couple walks around their room to keep moving. “Actually, we want to take 5000 steps every day, but that doesn’t work. We are coming to 3000. And I also have two books. One about healthy eating, and one about healthy aging. That fits in with the situation.”