British couple stranded on cruise ship Zaandam ‘extremely worried’

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  • Bristol couple, Celia and Nick Jones, who are currently stuck on board Holland America Line’s cruise ship Zaandam off the coast of Panama have said they are extremely worried about how they will get home to care for their vulnerable son.

    Celia, 63, told the Telegraph: “We’re very concerned about getting home to our son Oliver who has autism and severe learning difficulties and very little understanding of what’s going on. He has a wonderful team of carers, and they’re doing a great job, but some of them have had to self-isolate. We are part of his care team too and our delayed return is putting an awful lot of pressure on his team as we’re not there to fill in the gaps.”

    Nick, 65, said: “No agreement has been reached about where we’ll be able to disembark. We’ve sailed down the entire west coast of South America with countries refusing us entry and we believe that Florida is very resistant to let us disembark there as well. So at this point we have no idea where we are going to end up and how we will get back to the UK from there.”

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