Using intimate footage recorded by passengers and crew, The Last Cruise is a first-person account of the nightmare that transpired aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, which set sail from Japan on the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film covers a range of points throughout the quarantine, first showing footage of the cruise itself and then moving to passengers hearing about the outbreak in Wuhan, China, to learning of the first case in the United States. Then passengers are told over a loudspeaker that a former passenger had been infected, which prompts a quarantine. Viewers watch as a few passengers and crew members document the quarantine with shaky personal footage that takes the audience to hospitals in Japan and through the U.S. evacuation of the majority of American citizens.
The HBO original documentary The Last Cruise premieres March 30 on HBOMax.