The Last Cruise

​A look at the events aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise that was the center of the first big COVID-19 outbreak outside of Wuhan.
Hannah Olson
Mark JorgensenJerri JorgensenKent Frasure
English [CC]
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Rebecca FrasureCheryl MoleskyPaul MoleskyDede Samsul FuadLuke HefnerMaruja DayaSalvatore LanzuiseDr. Franco SwartSonali Thakkar
Hannah OlsonJoe BeshenkovskyShane BorisJames A. SmithSara Rodriguez
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Red ChileReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
An appetizer, not a meal
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You'd think with all of the time that's passed since the Diamond Princess was a Covid outbreak center, that a film or docu could be made with far more points of view and outcomes of the personal stories. This piece revs up leading you to think it will be a meaty film. But it's maybe 1/3rd of the story and never gives us a sense of how the people we are learning about survived, died, or experienced another 'ending'. Why HBO added their name to this, in such a premature form, is a mystery. The actual people we hear from are diverse and great characters, but they're left danging over the side of this ship's story.
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scurtisReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cruises - the worst
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This documentary could have been much more detailed, but the personal stories were both illuminanting and horrifying, though not surprising. Between the environmental impact of these oversized ships (one of the most selfish vacation options out there), the poor treatment of crew (detailed here but certainly not new), and the fact that cruise ships are, and have always been, floating disease vectors (norovirus, and now COVID) why would anyone set foot on one? Then you have the insane overcrowding (queuing for everything is a vacation?), and the overwhelming sheer ugliness of that ship (even the expensive cabins - the "staterooms" - LOL - were hideous). Beyond depressing.
MorningGloryRoryReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Real-Life Horror Film
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Plays out like a real life horror film. Not that it's overdone in any way--rather, the fear of those interviewed is actually palpable. It's a compact documentary with a lot to tell and no frame is wasted. Ignore the 1-stars from people with political agendas who haven't even bothered to watch the film.
RyleyReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2021
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Chilling Documentary
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Thanks going out to those folks who shared their videos (both passengers and crew) with the film makers. The personal videos helped give me some insight into what it must have been like for those on the ship. A terrifying time with absolutely no control over your situation or your future.
Christina RimmerReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A terrific, harrowing look into the early COVID pandemic.
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Top notch documentary work, showing the evolving scientific knowledge and experience of both passengers and crew on the Princess. Harrowing to watch, may be triggering to some viewers.
McChickenMan224Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting, but could of been better.
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Just a ok short documentary. The videos were interesting and so were the passengers stories but they all felt like combined snapchat stories.
Paul AllaerReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watching a global health crisis mushroom in front of your very own eyes
"The Last Cruise" (2021 release; 40 min.) is a documentary about the infamous cruise ship the Diamond Princess, which left the port of Yokohama, Japan on January 20, 2020 (the very day that the WHO officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic), and it wasn't long before a first passenger tested positive, and then another and then another...

Couple of comments: this is the second documentary written-produced-directed by up-and-coming Hannah Olson, who debuted with last year's excellent "Baby God" documentary. Here she retells what one could term "the voyage of the doomed", as the gigantic cruise ship (housing 3000+ guests and staff) becomes an international pariah and immediate symbol for the devastation brought by an unknown and highly contagious new virus. Olson introduces us to two US couples as well as 2 staff (a dishwasher from Indonesia, a pastry chef from I believe India), and we follow their ups (a few) and down (a lot). It makes for fascinating viewing, to be honest. Predictably the footage is mostly derived from the smart phones of the guests and staff. While there are no winners here of course, I felt particularly bad for the staff, who literally go begging in international TV news outlets, begging for their rescue. The footage of the staff cramped together in close quarters, knowing full well that the virus is spreading, is just sickening. Another can't miss moment is that while stuck on the ship in February, 2020, the US guests are watching US TV coverage and you can hear how Trump and his band of clowns and jokers keep claiming that "we've got it completely under control". Wow, just wow. What an utter and complete incompetent fool. If I have any complaint about this documentary, it is that at just 40 min. the documentary flashes by in no time, and it seems to me there was plenty of room for additional footage and coverage.

"The Last Cruise" premiered last month at SXSW to immediate buzz, and just recently started showing on HBO. It is now available on HBO On Demand (where I caught it), Amazon Instant Video and other streaming services. If you have any interest in how the world was dealing with COVID-19 in its earliest days, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.
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dlo1956Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Too Short
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It was a good documentary. A little too short since the ordeal was much longer than a 40 minute video. I hope we are finally getting past this COVID business.
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