Penfield couple returns home after their cruise ship was quarantined

Sam LaRocca
Updated: March 26, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: March 26, 2020 07:25 PM

PENFIELD, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Penfield couple was looking forward to a relaxing cruise, only to be stuck away from home for weeks because of the coronavirus.

Kevin and his wife Patricia Crouch were on the Grand Princess, which was quarantined after 21 people on board tested positive.


Sam LaRocca: “Most people go on a cruise to get away from all of the stress and craziness of everyday life. We first met Pat and Kevin around 30 days ago when their cruise became anything but relaxing.”

Patricia Crouch: “Well we were stuck on the ship for six days sailing around San Francisco  because the governor wouldn't let us land.”

Sam LaRocca: “Pat and Kevin Crouch left Rochester to head to California for a wedding a few weeks back. After the wedding, they thought it would be nice to go on a cruise to extend their trip. Toward the end of their trip, it became anything but a vacation.”

Patricia Crouch: “They flew us to Georgia we were on Davins Air Reserve Base and that's where we stayed for the next 12 or 13 days in addition to the six that we were quarantined on the ship.”

Sam LaRocca: “Conditions on land weren’t any better.”

Patricia Crouch: “There was no medication, no toilet paper. Had to fight for anything we needed as far as towels they were very disorganized not the airbase they had nothing to do with it. But there's where the problems started.”

Sam LaRocca: “Kevin Crouch explains the lack of information was worse than the shortage of supplies.”

Kevin Crouch: “They put us on a plane from Oakland, California so we didn't know where we were going. They didn't tell us until after they got us on the plane that we were going to Georgia. And when you don't have the information it becomes even more trying. That was our biggest concern yah know?”

Sam LaRocca: “Another part of the quarantine that worried the Crouches was how close they were to others on the base.”

Kevin Crouch: “Once we were at the air force base there were 400 people there and we were walking among them we all had masks on but there was no social distancing being experienced by anybody.”

Sam LaRocca: “The Crouches are now happy to be home and in great spirits after being gone for so long. They said they even still love each other after 37 days together and said positivity got them through this trying time.”

Patricia Crouch: “This is out of my hands I put it in the hands of God I said there is nothing I can do and once I did that things got a lot better.”

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