"Cupid & # 39; s Avocado" for dinner, heart-shaped messages for the crew, but also painful separation: For those trapped on board the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, Friday is not an ordinary Valentine's Day.
Natalie, wearing a red dress and red hair tie, posted a Valentine's Day entertainment video on Twitter to keep the mood going.
"I just wanted to check in at everyone and say that we're all in there, do it well and stick together as a big family," she said, admitting with a smile, "This wasn't my normal clothes for the last week or so . "
57-year-old passenger Matt Smith celebrated Valentine's Day on board with his 21-year-old wife Katherine Codekas, also 57, and admitted that this wasn't the first choice for this special day.
"After 21 years of marriage, we don't make a big deal of it, but I usually get Katherine at least one card," he told AFP from the ship.
"I think she was a little disappointed with our attitude," he added. "Facebook reminded me this morning that we were in Las Vegas three years ago.
# day10 # CoronavirusOutbreak # Coronavius # received on #diamondprincesscruise received Valentine's Day gifts from @PrincessCruises Thank you! I love the masks !! # HanginthereDiamondPrincess # HappyValentinesDaypic.twitter.com / K8HeIpvdKv
– Yardley Wong (@yardley_wong), February 14, 2020
Passengers on board were offered a "Valentine's Day" breakfast, Smith said.
"We were reminded on what day it was when the crew member said it was a & # 39; special & # 39; breakfast," he said.
"I'm not sure why hard-boiled eggs, sausages, and sautéed mushrooms are special."
The evening menu, on the other hand, promises some special delicacies in honor of the day.
First "Cupid & # 39; s Avocado Shrimp Salad" followed by "Japanese Shrimp Valentine with Rice and Vegetables".
The main course is the French classic Coq au Vin with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and a "Valentine's Day surprise dessert of the day" is promised.
"Coq au Vin, yes please," tweeted Yardley Wong, who has released her efforts to entertain her little son on the quarantined ship.
"A special meal for Valentine's Day, a reserved bottle of red wine," she added with her usual hashtag #hanginthereDiamondPrincess and a picture of a bottle of wine.
She also published a drawing of her six-year-old son on Valentine's Day, titled "Stay strong, we're with you, Diamond Princess."
"Love never fades"
American passenger Jackie joked that she had big plans for Valentine's Day on the cruise, which has turned out to be far from the planned gala holidays.
"We'll have a formal night in our cabin on Valentine's Day. Take some pictures, laugh a little," she tweeted.
Another passenger cut out paper hearts and left them at their door so that the crew could read them with messages such as: "Thank you for all your hard work" and "Thank you for taking care of us".
The newly named COVID-19 was diagnosed in more than 200 people on board the ship and taken to local hospitals. The remaining individuals are in quarantine at least until February 19.
While passengers are battling isolation, fear, and boredom, some crew members have raised concerns about their conditions, including eating together and sleeping in a cabin as a couple.
But the corona virus also tore apart a few couples for Valentine's Day, including at least one on their honeymoon.
Kent Frasure had to say goodbye to his partner Rebecca, who was infected with the virus and is now isolated in the hospital.
"We said goodbye until later and hugged each other. We didn't kiss goodbye because we didn't really know what was going on," Kent told CNBC.
"Then I saw her walking down the hall, turning the corner, and then she was gone."
On Friday evening, passengers tweeted photos of other goodies for Valentine's Day: chocolates, face masks and even single red roses.
"On Valentine's Day, we have many good wishes, love and support messages that come on board from all over the world," said the captain in a public broadcast. "It's a heartwarming show of support."
"Now I want to share this short poem with you: Love carries everything, believes everything, hopes everything, endures everything. Love never fades. I wish you all a happy Valentine's Day."
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