EXCLUSIVE: ‘They took me off the ship like I had the plague’: 56-year-old vegetarian cruise passenger forced to isolate himself in Tenerife’s ‘prison’ hotel after catching Covid says he is starving because ‘almost all meals come with meat’
- Yvonne Harnett, 56, of Stock, Essex, has been left alone in a ‘sordid prison’ hotel
- She had been on a cruise to the Canary Islands with her husband Shane, 52, and their daughter, 17.
- Yvonne tested positive aboard the ship on January 2, but her family tested negative
- Isolated for three days in a cabin before being transferred to a hotel in Tenerife
A vegetarian vacationer forced to isolate herself in a dingy hotel in Tenerife after hiring Covid on a £ 9,000 family cruise claims she has been left starving after nearly every meal came with meat.
Garden center owner Yvonne Harnett, 56, of Stock in Essex, was left alone in the seedy ‘prison’ after her husband was told he couldn’t stay with her but had to return home and leave it behind.
Yvonne and her husband Shane, 52, had booked the two-week Canary Islands cruise for Christmas and New Years with their 17-year-old daughter Ellie-J.
They boarded on December 21 and were enjoying the high-end journey, despite being cautious when they heard that Covid had been detected aboard the ship.
Passengers were asked to undergo regular lateral flow tests and all three were fine until January 2, when Yvonne was tested positive, but her husband and daughter continued to test negative.
She then had to isolate herself in her cabin for three days while the cruise ship headed back to Tenerife, where she was transferred to a quarantine hotel.
Garden center owner Yvonne Harnett (pictured), 56, of Stock in Essex, was left alone in the seedy ‘prison’ in Tenerife, Spain, after her husband was told she couldn’t stay with her but that he had to go home and leave her. behind
Ms Harnett said they still serve her bacon (pictured) despite telling the hotel she’s a vegetarian
Ms. Harnett ordered only potatoes and veggies, but the food still came with chicken (pictured)
Happier times: Yvonne (pictured right) and her husband Shane, 52, had booked the two-week Canary Islands cruise for 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 had never been alone abroad before.
But they didn’t. They insisted that he had to go in alone.
They took me off the ship like I had the plague. They wrapped me in a blue cloth and took me away in a speeding ambulance.
Then they left me with all my things in this dark and gloomy room.
It is like a prison. It has been absolutely miserable. I have hardly slept and I have hardly eaten. I told them over and over that I don’t eat meat, but they don’t seem to register it.
I spent a lot of time on the phone going over the lunch options and said ‘please give me the potatoes and vegetables’, but when it came I had a chicken breast.
‘The same goes for breakfast when they put bacon on everything or lunch when I can’t seem to get cheese without ham. The food is terrible and even what I can eat is garbage.
Thank goodness my daughter made me download Netflix on my phone so I had something to do. I’ve been watching old movies like Grease, Ghost, and Dirty Dancing and I’ve cried well. ‘
She added: ‘It was meant to be one last family gift before Ellie-J made her A’levels and hopefully went off to college, but it turned out to be the worst vacation ever.’
Ms. Harnett should finally be discharged from the hotel on Sunday when she can finally fly home to her family.
His insurance company agreed to cover the cost of the quarantine of his hotel and the new flight.
Ms Harnett’s husband Shane said he is ‘furious’ about what she has been through (pictured left)
Ms. Harnett should be discharged from the hotel on Sunday when she can finally fly home to her family (Pictured: Some of the food delivered to her room)
Ms. Harnett had to isolate herself in her cabin for three days while the cruise ship headed back to Tenerife, where she was transferred to a quarantine hotel (In the photo: Pringles, candy and water in the quarantine room of the hotel of the Mrs. Harnett)
Husband Shane is furious at the way she has been treated: ‘When we were on the boat I tested negative and Yvonne tested positive, but they made me isolate with her, even though we begged them that it meant our daughter was unaccompanied for three days
Then when we had plans for her to come home safely and I stay with Yvonne, they didn’t let me do it either. They told me that I could stay but not in the same hotel and that if I didn’t want to go home. And that didn’t make sense since he couldn’t be with her. So they have left her completely alone and very upset.
‘It was a disaster. And I don’t think I would have contracted the virus if the ship had been better handled in the first place. I’m furious.’
The cruise was a Marella trip led by Tui, who has been contacted for comment.