Grand Princess cruise ship to move to San Francisco

Grand Princess cruise ship
Posted at 4:00 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 19:00:51-04

OAKLAND, Calif. — According to a statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passengers and crew will finish leaving the ship by 7 p.m. Sunday night at which time the ship will depart Oakland and be temporarily anchored in San Francisco. Over 2,900 individuals disembarked from the cruise ship.

According to the statement:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the U.S. Coast Guard have approved a departure plan for the crew members of the Grand Princess cruise ship currently moored in the Port of Oakland.

Following the completion of the mission today, the Grand Princess Cruise Ship will be moved from the Port of Oakland and temporarily anchored in San Francisco Bay while additional crew disembark for chartered flights from a non-commercial portion of San Francisco International Airport.

The ship will depart the Port of Oakland at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15.As of Saturday, March 14, state and federal officials had had disembarked more than 2,900 individuals from the Grand Princess which includes more than 2,400 passengers and more than 500 crew.

The individuals disembarking for charted flights Sunday will undergo the same robust health screenings as passengers from the Grand Princess.

Upon the ship's departure, the Port of Oakland site will be fully remediated and decontaminated by immediately removing temporary structures and pressure washing the entire site with a bleach solution to disinfect it.