Take HBO’s ‘Last Cruise’

Somewhere between The Love Boat and The Poseidon Adventure falls The Last Cruise, a documentary about the ill-fated passengers and crew aboard the Diamond Princess from January to February, 2020. The 40-minute film debuts today, March 30 at 9 pm ET on HBO Max and HBO.

Using footage taken by passengers and crew, The Last Cruise set sail from Yokohama, Japan on January 20, 2020, with Covid-19 soon spreading shipwide. The entire Diamond Princess was quarantined, afloat in a Japanese harbor, with the last passengers finally disembarking weeks later, on February 19. According to the documentary, the ship was soon responsible for more than half of all documented Covid-19 cases outside of China.

The Diamond Princess also accounted for the first positive Covid-19 tests in Argentina, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and New Zealand.

For more on The Last Cruise, visit hbo.com/documentaries/the-last-cruise.

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial. For more, visit HBOMax.com.

(Top photo source: HBO YouTube trailer)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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