Cabin Fever is a heroic true story of life at sea during a pandemic by authors and investigative journalists Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin.
In early 2020, the world was on edge. An ominous virus was spreading and no one knew what the coming weeks would bring. Far from the hotspots, the cruise ship Zaandam was preparing to sail from Buenos Aires loaded with 1,200 passengers – British, American, Australian, European and South American tourists, plus 600 crew. Most passengers were over the age of 65.
There was concern about the virus in the news but that was oceans away. Escaping to sea at the ends of the earth for a few weeks seemed like it might be a good option. The cruise line had said the voyage would go ahead as scheduled and it would be safe.
Within days, people aboard the Zaandam began to fall sick. The world’s ports shut down. Zaandam became a top story on the news and was denied safe harbour everywhere. With only two doctors aboard and few medical supplies to test for or treat Covid-19, and with dwindling food and water, the ship wandered the oceans on an unthinkable journey.
Cabin Fever is something you’d expect to see as the plot of a Hollywood movie. Instead, it became real life in 2020. People were stuck on a ship because of the global pandemic, getting sick and there were limited supplies. What makes this story fascinating is it really showcased how humans face adversity and how they can help others and pull together.
If you like reading true stories and ever wondered about the ship you saw all over the news during the pandemic. Then you have to read this book.
You can get a copy of Cabin Fever, here!