On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Carl E. Weidner, 74, a retired steelworker from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, was a passenger aboard Princess Cruises ship Grand Princess on a cruise to Hawaii with his girlfriend when he died from Covid-19.
Weidner had taken his girlfriend on the Hawaiian cruise that headed to port early in San Francisco on March 5 due to the outbreak. The couple was subsequently put into quarantine at Travis Air Base, where Weidner tested positive for COVID-19.
Within a few days, Weidner was placed on a ventilator, then into a medically-induced coma before dying March 26 without his girlfriend or children present.
Weidner’s girlfriend said that little was done by the Princess staff to ensure passenger safety, alleging that the buffet line did not offer ample sanitizer for patrons and the salt and pepper shakers were handled by numerous people.