Cruise passenger’s new friendship finishes in tragedy just after Queensland male will become 9th man or woman to die of COVID-19


A passenger who befriended 68-year-outdated Garry Kirstenfeldt on the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship has explained to 9News of her enormous unhappiness at his passing.

The Toowoomba resident died of COVID-19 right away, getting Queensland’s next recorded demise owing to the virus.

He and his spouse had been permitted to travel home to Queensland just after disembarking from the cruise ship in Sydney.

Garry Kirstenfeldt died of the coronavirus. (9Information)

Mr Kirstenfeldt’s wife is in self-isolation alongside with all of his fast household.

His family explained him as “sort and cute” and he has been remembered as a loving spouse and household gentleman.

Yvonne Rodgers claimed she satisfied Mr Kirstenfeldt and his household on the next evening of the cruise which had established sail from Mystery Island, Vanuatu.

“We were really allotted the very same eating desk for the period of the cruise,” Ms Rodgers explained.

“So we sat down, made our introductions and we got together truly properly. Wonderful few, wonderful family members. “We uncovered that we experienced a enjoy of cruising. They had been very faithful Royal Caribbean cruise travellers and they were travelling with their daughter and having a excellent holiday break.”

Mr Kirstenfeldt died soon after travelling on the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship. (9Information)

Ms Rodgers told 9News she identified out Mr Kirstenfeldt experienced died when it was on the news past night time and regretted not exchanging numbers with the relatives.

“Myself and my buddies that we have been travelling with … we all received to know Jenny and Garry very effectively and their daughter as perfectly when we ended up eating meal and paying out some time acquiring to know each and every other.

“Sharing stories, sharing vacation stories that sort of thing.

“I would have cherished to have retained in touch,” she claimed, keeping back tears.

Ms Rodgers is presently in isolation having been tested herself for the virus just two times back.

Yvonne Rodgers explained she met Mr Kirstenfeldt and his loved ones on the next evening of the cruise. (9News)

“I have been tested and I am awaiting success so it is a bit concerning for us at this stage,” she explained.

“I’ve experienced small, small, minimal chilly and flu type signs and symptoms. But I really don’t know if it is just realizing what is actually going on and owning psychosomatic symptoms. “I am not going to worry about it right until I know for absolutely sure.”

Ms Rodgers stated she was shocked that travellers of the ship were not provided any PPE products when they disembarked in Sydney.

“We just disembarked as per standard. I was actually really shocked we weren’t offered any encounter masks or nearly anything like that,” she reported.

“We have been just handed a flyer with the self isolation info and quite a lot had to go our very own strategies.”

Mr Kirstenfeldt’s spouse and children is now in self-isolation, forced to pick which 10 persons will go to his funeral.