Lorraine Oliveira was stuck on the Westerdam cruise ship with her husband, Carlos and two children, Jonathan, 16, and Aoife, nine, when the vessel was left stranded at sea as ports denied entry over coronavirus fears.
The psychotherapist and her family had gone on holiday hoping to explore Asia but instead remained adrift at sea.
Now back home in the Wirral, Lorraine tells how the family is coping with quarantine and relying on their eldest daughter Niamh, 21, to bring them supplies.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appWe contacted our travel company the day before we left home but were told to go ahead with our cruise as we would not receive a refund – despite reports in the news about COVID-19 spreading.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appOn board the Westerdam we had our temperatures taken and felt safer. But soon the itinerary was changed, with stop offs cancelled.
News was breaking about more positive cases and a few days later the captain announced that our cruise was cancelled.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAfter being refused permission to dock by Guam and Thailand the captain announced we would disembark in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We spent Valentine's day on the beach, our first day off the boat in 10 days.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appHolland America Lines chartered flights but we could not fly home as a passenger from out boat had tested positive for COVID-19 in Kuala Lumpur. We remained on the boat with another 234 passengers for a further four days.
We had nasal and throat swabs taken, as well as temperatures and were elated when results came back negative.
Finally on February 19 we were allowed off the boat and went by coat from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Next morning we flew home via Amsterdam and Frankfurt to Manchester.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appWe contacted Public Health England and initially was told we did not have to self-quarantine, but that afternoon they phoned back to say we should.
We were so disappointed as we had been caged up for so long already. We are now day on day seven of 14 days in self-quarantine.
Our days consist of getting up, the children doing homework, watching television, cooking meals, answering emails – so far from the busy lives that we usually live. It can be tense as we feel like we are caged up again.
Our eldest daughter Niamh is doing the shopping for us. She is dropping off fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, and the main essentials that we need on our porch. She’s also picking up work from school for my youngest daughter to complete and my son is having his work emailed to him.
She’s staying at her boyfriends house but is in contact via phone and video call daily with us.
My son will be in quarantine for his birthday on Sunday and my youngest daughter's birthday plans will be postponed to April or May as we fear that her friends may be afraid to come.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMy husband and I cannot work and being a self-employed psychotherapist this financial loss is a terrible stress and worry for us. I have tried to arrange my clients' appointments for after our quarantine period ends, but some are very apprehensive about making these bookings.
We just want to get back to normal with as little disruption as possible, put this horror behind us, and hope it does not impact our lives any further.