Around 300 Brits are stuck on board a virus-hit ship after it was turned away from ports.
Passengers on Holland America’s Zaandam have been put on lockdown after 13 guests and 29 crew members fell ill with flu-like symptoms.
Last night the daughter of two UK pensioners now trapped in their rooms said: “We are terrified we will never see them again.”
There are fears the ship could become another Diamond Princess, which was described as a ‘floating petri dish’ after 10 passengers died and 700 tested positive for COVID-19.
Yvonne and Paul Wilson, both 74, of Huddersfield, boarded the Zaandam on March 7 after spending a week in Argentina.
Their daughter Sally Dunkley, 41, of Penistone, West Yorks, said: “They are scared.
“All they can see out their window is an expanse of sea.
“There’s no information coming through. Dinners are left outside their cabin doors.
“I’ve never known my mum to say she’s worried about anything but she’s worried about this. As a family, we look at what happened on the Diamond Princess and pray it doesn’t happen again.
“Mum and dad say there are about 300 British people on the cruise and that many of them are very elderly. Before this, they were joking with us about how the ship was like an old people’s home.”
The Wilson’s journey went as planned until passengers started falling ill following a stop at Punta Arenas, Chile, on March 14.
The cruise tried to turn back to dock for passenger testing but was refused entry.
It then sailed on to Valparaiso in Chile where it was again turned away. Small boats were sent out for refuelling.
It’s now hoped the cruise will be given permission to dock at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday.
The cruise liner said in a statement: “The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is one of our highest priorities,” the statement said.