Some cruise passengers enjoyed sumptuous meals; others watched films or were involved in the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. The few lucky ones to take a breath of fresh air paced up and down the decks, enjoying a view of the blue sky.
Almost a week of quarantine on the Diamond Princess, which was moored at the Yokohama quay, was bored as the hours passed, and 66 more people tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the total number of cases on the ship to 136.
Health officials have announced that the quarantine will continue until February 19, unless anything unexpected happens. This means that the liberation of nearly 3,700 crew members and passengers on board, from children to octogenarians, takes more than a week.
For some, quarantine may take even longer. A late Sunday statement from the World Health Organization said that the "reasonable" deadline for close contacts could be extended in newly confirmed cases.
Many passengers seem to be trying to give things a radiant face, flooding social media with photos of food, snuggling a boy and his father in bed, and performing television broadcasts of a magician on board – also in quarantine – with red silk scarves.
"Princess is stepping up its game with the food service," wrote passenger Matthew Smith under a photo of plates of groceries – including seemingly piles of smoked salmon and several large pieces of chocolate cake.
"Maybe you'll have to pull me off the ship when the quarantine ends."
Others watched the Oscars, which were broadcast live on Monday morning. In advance, informal ballot papers were distributed to the passengers, which one person called "Important Mail Delivery !!!"
Another, Aun Na Tan, watched the show on her room's TV and said it had been many years since she saw the ceremony live.
"Usually it was during our working hours, but now we have a lot of time," she said.
A 43-year-old Hong Kong resident who was quarantined with his wife, child, and several other family members did the same. He refused to give his name.
"We were looking for & # 39; parasites & # 39;" he told Reuters. "We do origami; the ship makes instructional videos. We do some practice."
Small groups may stay on deck every other day – primarily those whose rooms have no windows – but must wear masks and stay away from other people.
"We're out in the bay, docked, so it's a little nice," said passenger Adam Waltz in a video that shows him and a companion who walks briskly under Monday's blue sky and the sun flashes from the sea.
"Another 10 minutes. We have a day off, then we'll go again."
But others were less confident. A passenger with the Twitter name Da said he or she spoke to younger passengers who were concerned about financial implications such as job loss due to the forced leave.
Later on Monday, as the number of cases soared, more uneasiness was admitted.
"There will be an announcement on board, but I can see ambulances and trucks lined up," wrote Da. "Now we're just waiting for news from the Ministry of Health."
The cruise ship officials said they would expand the entertainment offer to help passengers in their absence.
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