In spring 2020, all the world was surprised by the Covid-19 virus.
M/S Victory cruise ship goes from one tourist attraction to another. The passengers are happy tourists of all ages from many countries. There are families with young children, a group of elderly scientists having an important science conference, some politicians, and a very famous pop-band (with over 8 million Instagram followers) entertaining the passengers.
One morning there is a long queue in front of the cabin of the ship doctor. Many of the passengers have had similar symptoms. The doctor quickly analyses the situation and declares that the Covid-19 virus has infected many of the passengers. He cannot do anything else than to declare 14 days of quarantine for all passengers and ask for medical help.
The passengers feel that they are prisoners in the ferry. The cabins are not very big, and people are worried about their health and about the long and boring quarantine period. How to spend 14 days in these conditions? Especially families with children are very preoccupied.
First discussion round: Imagine that you are a passenger in that ship. What would you feel and do in a similar situation? Do you have personal experiences to share from the Covid-19 period?
There are more and more cases coming up. In fact, nearly all the passengers have some symptoms. They are very worried. What would happen to them? Rumours start to circulate. Some passengers are supposed to have special rights, better food, and other advantages. Questions are raised: who is the origin of the disease? Passengers start to blame each other, and the atmosphere becomes toxic. Especially one family with two school aged children – coming from a country where Covid-19 is known to be a problem – is a target of accusations.
Second discussion round: What is your personal view of the situation. How would you behave in a similar situation? What should you/the captain do in order to improve the atmosphere?
Finally, there is a piece of good news. A rescue helicopter could take a limited number of passengers to the mainland and hospital. The passengers start to dispute how to choose the lucky ones.
There is a new problem. How to choose the 10 lucky ones to be rescued in the first place? Young children, elderly scientists and other risk group persons, the members of the famous pop-band, important politicians, or the most affected patients?
Third discussion round: What would you propose and why?
The time passes slowly. Luckily all the passengers recover and after two weeks all the passengers are given permission to leave the ferry.
People are pleased but there is also a bit of a bittersweet feeling in the air. During the quarantine, many new friendships were made, and passengers had formed a strange attachment to each other and to the special situation, which they would remember for the rest of their lives. Many things in the world outside the ferry are still unclear.
Fourth discussion round: What positive memories do you have of the Covid-19 period? What new things did you learn during the isolation period?