Again in February 2020, when the world was solely simply waking as much as the conclusion that the coronavirus was on its method to changing into a full-on pandemic, the Diamond Princess cruise ship made headlines after it was compelled to quarantine outdoors of Tokyo as a staggering variety of its passengers started testing constructive for COVID-19. The variety of confirmed instances skyrocketed to over 600 passengers, which prevented the greater than 3,000 folks on board from leaving the ship as well being officers scrambled to include the recent spot. To make issues worse, contaminated passengers had left the ship earlier than the quarantine and had been now spreading the virus on the mainland.
Within the new HBO documentary, The Final Cruise, viewers will likely be given first-hand accounts of what it was like being trapped on the ship that out of the blue turned the middle of a terrifying outbreak that will quickly overtake the globe. It, by some means, appears even worse than the infamous Poop Cruise of 2013.
“I spent months collecting hundreds of hours of cell phone footage taken by the passengers and crew aboard the Diamond Princess,” director Hannah Olson advised PEOPLE. “I wanted this to be an immersive experience, meant to transport the viewer back into the particular feeling of the early days of this pandemic.”
Right here’s the official synopsis:
Utilizing intimate footage recorded by passengers and crew, The Final Cruise is a first-person account of the nightmare that transpired aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, which set sail from Japan on the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Final Cruise units sail March 30 on HBO Max.