Diamond Princess passengers given Valentine’s Day gifts amid coronavirus outbreak
The Diamond Princess passenger who tweeted out food reviews aboard the ship quarantined for the deadly coronavirus outbreak is at it again — this time for Valentine’s Day.
American passenger Matthew Smith — who has surprisingly maintained his positive attitude while stuck for 10 days on the cruise ship off the coast of Japan — posted photos of Valentine’s Day gifts passengers received from the Carnival Japan line.
“Valentine’s treats from Princess: Fitting that it was dark chocolate, which I like but my wife does not, because that way we could be in line with the Japanese practice of women giving men chocolate on this day,” Smith tweeted. “How did Japanese men swing that?”
The photos show what looks like two bags of 70 percent-cacao dark chocolate and a single red rose, among a couple other goodies.
But Smith said the Valentine’s Day dinner was “not particularly romantic” in another tweet.
“Not particularly romantic, but still a delicious meal: shrimp and salad, coq au vin, Japanese shrimp and veggies, and chocolate mousse (and pink something) for dessert,” Smith said of the meal, served in takeout containers.
The chocolate mousse cake was shaped like a heart.
Apparently, the ship’s captain also tried to put passengers in a loving mood.
“The captain just read us a poem for Valentine’s Day. It sounded familiar,” Smith wrote in a third tweet. “Turn[s] out it was 1 Corinthians 13:7.”
Lawmakers have sought to evacuate Smith and more than 400 other American passengers on the ship — which saw 44 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday.
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