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Celebrity cruise ship passengers disembark in San Diego

Posted at 4:50 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 20:56:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Celebrity Cruise Line ship docked at the Port of San Diego Monday, pulling into the Embarcadero just before sunrise.

More than 1,500 passengers were on board the "Eclipse," including Mali Lev-Ram and her husband. The couple started the cruise on March 1 in Buenos Aires. They were supposed to get off in Chile March 15, but the cruise was turned away because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was frustrating, but everyone I have to say was very patient, we trusted that the crew are doing their best to do everything they can for us," said Lev-Ram.

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San Diego County health officials said no one on board had shown symptoms of the virus, but precautions are being taken. Customs officers boarded the ship wearing masks. All passengers will go through a medical screening before going home to self-quarantine for fourteen days.

"We are very happy. My husband was so emotional to see San Diego, we were a little crying even, we were very happy," said Lev-Ram.