A two-week March trip around the southern tip of South America seemed a great idea for living empty nests Laura Gabaroni Huergo and her husband Juan, 48, from South Florida who moved to Central Florida and love to explore the world by ship.
The first leave of the couple without their son, Nicholas, was a student at the University of Florida. Aside from visiting family and friends in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they were anxious to see the British Falkland Islands, Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world) and cruises across the Strait of Magellan, via Cape Horn and across the Chilean Strait aboard the Netherlands. The American ship Zandam.
Instead, the Hurgos find themselves in a terrible situation. They were stranded at sea after 23 days due to the coronary virus pandemic, confined 24 hours a day to the brake. They have no idea when or where to land.
“We haven’t been able to breathe fresh air for several days,” said Laura, who was reached by mobile phone on board the ship: “” “You may feel that the walls are closing sometimes, and we have begun to erode our window and no balcony.”
They were among nearly 800 passengers transported to the sister boat of Rotterdam for Zandam on Saturday after the death of four people on board Zandam and 189 others – 73 guests and 116 crew members – who reported flu-like symptoms. 446 passengers and 602 crew members are still on board the Zandam.
The twin ships, carrying 2,490 passengers, entered through the Panama Canal Monday morning after days of uncertainty. The location of their platform is unknown.
Zandam departed from Buenos Aires on March 7, with 1,243 passengers and 586 crew members. At that time, Huergos said. But the ports in both countries were closed on March 14, leaving Zandam stuck when the Chilean authorities refused to allow them to dock.
They were able to see the penguins in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and made them halfway to Punta Arenas before they cut the itinerary.
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Laura said: “About five days ago, we were allowed to go out in small, controlled groups so that there would be no contact of any kind with any other passengers or even decks on the ship.” “We wore our masks and enjoyed a few minutes of fresh air.”
Laura, a Palmetto Bay resident who attended Westminster Christian School (Semester 90) and University of Florida (semester), said: All their meals are delivered to the cabin, as well as wine and beer, and they have no contact with the crew or other passengers. From ’94). Juan graduated from Miami Palmetto High (1989) and Boston University.
“Because of the strict quarantine orders on the ship, we cannot leave our room and we cannot leave for any reason,” she said. “We receive our meals from the crew, wait until they are well away before our stairs slide into the cabin. Then we clean everything up before eating. We return everything when we are done.”
Their transfer on Saturday from Zaandam to Rotterdam was a long and complex process.
Zandam crew knocked in a protective costume on the door of the cabin. Keep their distance as Huergos followed, wearing masks and carrying their bags. At the transfer point, tender was awaiting. The crew took their large suitcases and kept hand luggage. All their bags were sprayed with antiseptic. Tender personnel were dressed in dangerous suits. They made a short trip from Zaandam to Rotterdam, where protective clothing workers drove them to their new room.
El Horgos spends hours watching movies. They have seen so far “a battle between the sexes”, “a great day around,” “goodbye, Christopher Robin,” and “Glass.”
Laura is an art writer in Lidos, a defense contractor, who used to keep a notebook to share with family and friends. Juan is Leidos program manager and managed to do some work remotely.
They also reached out to friends and loved ones through the ¿Qué hay and Facebook application, communicate with other travelers from the family and friends’ e-mail board in Zandam, and contact elected officials in Florida and Washington, DC, to request assistance.
She said, “We feel hopeful that we were able to cross the Panama Canal, but we were not frustrated by the news that the Florida authorities may not allow us to land there.” “There are more than 300 US citizens on board who need the assistance of their government.”
To make matters worse, the water has been cut off since I left the Panama Canal.
The Pacific was very nice to us and gave us calm waters. The Atlantic Ocean has been more aggressive today