Princess Cruises president blows kisses and makes a heart gesture as she greets people getting off the coronavirus-struck ship in Japan the day two passengers died
- Jan Swartz was shown waving, giggling and clapping while guests alighted
- They were detained for two weeks at the Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan
- Male, 87 and female, 84, both died after catching coronavirus on the ship
The president of Princess Cruises blew a kiss and made a heart gesture as she greeted “guests” who had escaped from their coronavirus-stricken ship in Japan today after two passers-by had died.
Jan Swartz, who has played the role for more than six years, was also filmed waving, giggling and clapping when people boarded the Yokohama harbor, near Tokyo, after two weeks in quarantine.
The executive power has been criticized for its response to the crisis.
No fewer than 634 passengers on board the £ 400 million ship have been diagnosed with the virus. An 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman from the 1980s both died after catching the corona virus on the ship.
Jan Swartz was also shown waving, giggling and clapping when people disembarked in Yokohama, Japan. She is pictured above and makes a heart shape
The director, who has been in office for more than six years, also blew kisses (photo)
A video uploaded to social media shows that Mrs. Swartz nods enthusiastically at employees and customers while wearing a white face mask.
She is also shown posing for photos with passengers, her hands clasped while she listens to their worries and chat with the care team.
The video is set to cheerful and enthusiastic music.
It was posted in a criticized Twitter post after the death was announced stating: “In a continuous effort to support our #DiamondPrincess guests and crew, our President Jan Swartz personally welcomed those who disembarked in Yokohama today.
“The entire Princess family is with you all during this time. (Heart emoji) #HangInThereDiamondPrincess. “
The video also made her giggle when customers disembarked. An 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman from Japan died after catching the corona virus on the ship
The video was placed on the Twitter account of Princess Cruises and set to cheerful music
One viewer criticized the clip and posted online “what are you doing?”
A second wondered if it was appropriate. “Great to see the support of @PrincessCruises,” he said, “but is cheerful music suitable for crisis communication, social media material where deaths are now reported?”
The United States has evacuated more than 300 American passengers from the besieged ship and placed it in quarantine for 14 days. South Korea, Australia, Canada, Italy and Hong Kong also evacuated their citizens.
The coronavirus-affected ship returns to active duty on April 29, when the owners, California-based Carnival Corp., have unveiled.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship placed in quarantine is docked at the Daikoku pier on Thursday
Revealed: The Diamond Princess has 13 decks and is 290m long. It had 3,700 people on board – including 1,000 crew members – when it started the 14-day quarantine
They emphasized that this would only happen after the ship had been ‘completely purified’.
“The ship is expected to be fully purified and then put in dry dock for a while,” said Negin Kamali, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises.
The ship can carry around 3,700 people on luxury cruises around the world’s seas.