EXCLUSIVE: “They got me off the boat like I had the plague”: a vegetarian cruise ship passenger, 56, who is forced to isolate himself in the hotel “prison” in Tenerife after catching Covid says she is starving because “almost every meal comes with meat”
- Yvonne Harnett, 56, of Stock, Essex, left alone in ‘squalid prison’ hotel
- She had taken a cruise to the Canary Islands with her husband Shane, 52, and daughter, 17
- Yvonne tested positive aboard the ship on January 2, but her family tested negative
- She isolated herself for three days in a cabin before being transferred to a hotel in Tenerife
A vegetarian vacationer forced to isolate herself in a filthy hotel in Tenerife after contracting Covid on a £ 9,000 family cruise says she has remained hungry after almost every meal comes with meat.
Garden center owner Yvonne Harnett, 56, of Stock in Essex, was left alone in the squalid “jail” after her husband learned he couldn’t stay with her but had to go home home and leave it behind.
Yvonne and her husband Shane, 52, had booked the two-week cruise around the Canary Islands over Christmas and New Years with their 17-year-old daughter, Ellie-J.
They boarded on December 21 and were enjoying the premium trip – despite their suspicion when they learned that Covid had been detected on board the ship.
The passengers were asked to have regular lateral flow tests and all three were doing fine until January 2 when Yvonne tested positive, but her husband and daughter continued to test negative.
She then had to isolate herself in her cabin for three days as the cruise ship returned to Tenerife where she was transferred to a quarantine hotel.
Garden center owner Yvonne Harnett (pictured), 56, from Stock in Essex was left alone in squalid “prison” in Tenerife, Spain after her husband was told he couldn’t stay with her but that he had to go home and leave her behind
Ms Harnett said she always gets bacon (pictured) although she told the hotel she is a vegetarian
Mrs Harnett only asked for potatoes and vegetables, but the meal always arrived with chicken (pictured)
Happier times: Yvonne (pictured right) and her husband Shane, 52, had booked the two-week cruise around the Canary Islands over Christmas and New Years with their 17-year-old daughter Ellie-J
Yvonne said: “Shane wanted to come with me to the hotel because he knew I was terrified. I have never been abroad alone before.
“But they didn’t let him. They insisted that I had to enter alone.
“They made me get off the boat like I had the plague. I was wrapped in a blue sheet and taken in a high speed ambulance.
“Then they just threw all of my things at me in that dark, dingy room.”
‘It’s like a prison. It was completely miserable. I barely slept and barely ate. I’ve told them over and over again that I don’t eat meat but they don’t seem to be recording it.
“I spent hours on the phone going through the lunch options and said ‘please just give me the potatoes and the veg’ but when it happened there was a chicken breast on it.
“The same thing happens with breakfast when they drape bacon over everything or lunch when I can’t seem to get cheese without ham. The food is awful and even what I can eat is porridge.
“Thank goodness my daughter forced me to download Netflix on my phone, so I have something to do. I watched old movies like Grease, Ghost and Dirty Dancing and cried a lot. ‘
She added: “It was supposed to be a last treat for the family before Ellie-J took her A levels and hopefully went to college, but it turned out to be the worst vacation ever. time.”
Ms Harnett is finally expected to be released from the hotel on Sunday when she can finally return home with her family.
His insurance company agreed to cover the cost of his hotel quarantine and the new flight.
Ms Harnett’s husband Shane said he was ‘furious’ at what she had been through (pictured together left)
Ms Harnett is expected to be released from the hotel on Sunday when she can finally return home to her family (Photo: some of the food sent to her room)
Ms Harnett had to isolate herself in her cabin for three days as the cruise ship returned to Tenerife where she was transferred to a quarantine hotel (Photo: Pringles, candy and water in the quarantine room at the hotel de Mrs. Harnett)
Husband Shane is furious with the way she was treated: “When we were on the boat I tested negative and Yvonne was positive but they made me isolate myself with her – even though we did. begged this meant our daughter was unaccompanied for three days
“Then when we scheduled her to come home safely and stay with Yvonne, they wouldn’t let me either.” They told me that I could stay but not in the same hotel and that if I didn’t want to do that, go home. And it was useless because I couldn’t be with her. So she was left completely alone and really upset.
“It was a mess. And I don’t think at all that she would have caught the virus if the boat had been better managed in the first place. I am furious.’
The cruise was a Marella trip organized by Tui who was contacted for comment.