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Maple Ridge couple anxious to get home after weeks stranded on cruise ship

Last Updated Mar 17, 2020 at 1:05 am PDT

(Courtesy facebook.com/GlenMund)

A three-week dream vacation in the South Pacific has become a nightmare for a couple from Maple Ridge

Theresa and Glen Mund say their cruise ship has been turned away from ports in Fiji and New Zealand

No one on their cruise ship has tested positive for COVID-19, but the passengers were turned away from several ports

Vancouver (NEWS 1130) – After getting turned away from several South Pacific ports, a couple from Maple Ridge is anxious to get home.

Theresa and Glen Mund say their three-week cruise has become a nightmare even though no one on their ship has COVID-19.

“It’s been scary, um, the mood has changed. When the captain said we’re now going to Hawaii, there were cheers all around,” Theresa says. “Still, there’s that fear because we’ve been turned away so many times. We were supposed to go to Fiji. We were turned away. Then we’re going to New Zealand, then we were turned away. Then, we were going back to Fiji, then we were turned away.”

She says the whole ordeal has come as a huge shock to the family, and for the couple who were expecting a relaxing vacation.

“No one was exhibiting symptoms of anything, not just COVID symptoms,” Glen  says. “We are all healthy.”

They say they’re being treated well on the ship, but they just want to get home to their kids Mariah and Brennan.

The pair are also ready to get to their elderly parents, as fears continue to circulate in B.C. of the virus’ potential deadly toll on seniors.

“I’m going to breathe a huge sigh of relief when I hit my driveway,” Theresa says. “We’ve made some good friends from the US and the UK and I would way rather be with my family,” she says. “We both have elderly parents with underlying conditions and be there for them, so, yeah, it’s been challenging,” Glen adds.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says starting Wednesday Vancouver International will be one of only four airports in Canada accepting incoming flights from foreign destinations.