Where Is the Grand Princess Cruise Ship?

By Michael Ferguson

The Grand Princess Cruise Ship is a recently retired cruise ship that has been in service since 1998. In March 2020, the ship was involved in a media frenzy when it became the center of one of the first major coronavirus outbreaks outside of China.

The Grand Princess had departed from San Francisco on 11th February 2020 and was bound for Hawaii. It had 3,533 passengers and crew from 54 different countries onboard. On 21st February, the ship stopped in Ensenada, Mexico before returning to San Francisco on 28th February.

On 5th March, it was reported that 21 people onboard had tested positive for COVID-19. The ship was put under quarantine and all passengers and crew were tested for the virus. In total, 181 cases of coronavirus were confirmed onboard.

In response to this situation, the United States government issued a no-sail order on 14th March 2020 which resulted in all cruises being cancelled across the country until at least 31st July 2020 or longer if needed due to health concerns.

The Grand Princess Cruise Ship was taken to Port of Oakland where it remained until it was moved to an anchorage off of Hawaii on 30th April 2020. There it stayed until 9th May when it left for an undisclosed destination with all passengers and crew disembarked weeks prior due to positive cases onboard.

Since then, its whereabouts have been unknown but sources suggest that it is currently being held in a dockyard off the coast of Singapore where repairs are being undertaken before its eventual retirement from service later this year. It is rumored that this will be the last time we see the Grand Princess Cruise Ship in action as its future is uncertain due to the economic impact of Covid-19 on cruise lines around the world.

In conclusion, the Grand Princess Cruise Ship has been undergoing repairs off the coast of Singapore since May 9th 2020. This could be its final voyage as its future remains uncertain due to Covid-19’s effect on cruise lines around the world.