Advertisement

Free porn offered to cruise-ship passengers under coronavirus quarantine

Canadians describe quarantine experience on cruise ship off Japan
Thousands of people are holed up on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan after a passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus. Since then, many more have fallen ill including Canadians so the ship was placed in quarantine.

An adult website has proposed a way to help quarantined cruise-ship passengers pass the time: watching pornography.

Miami-based company CamSoda has extended an offer some may not be able to refuse, allowing quarantined passengers full, complimentary access to their webcam services, Fox Business reports.

“They are not only dealing with the fear of infection, which is terrifying, but boredom,” Daryn Parker, CamSoda’s vice president, said in a statement. “We like cruises just as much as the next guy, but without activities or human interaction, the boredom must be crippling.”

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: ‘A perfect setup’ — Virus outbreaks common on cruise ships, experts say

The release continued: “In an effort to keep their minds off of the coronavirus and to help with the boredom, we’re offering passengers and crews the ability to have fun in a safe and controlled environment with camming.”

(Camming is a category of amateur pornography that requires individuals to perform in front of their webcam, usually for a live audience. Viewers typically pay in tips, or tokens, and are able to chat with the sex worker.)

All CamSoda requires is for passengers and crew to send them proof of travel documents via email to stranded@camsoda.com, the New York Post says. Once received, the individual will get 1,000 free tokens to use to pay for the webcam livestreams.

Novel coronavirus: Eighth Canadian on cruise ship contracts coronavirus
Novel coronavirus: Eighth Canadian on cruise ship contracts coronavirus

A foreseeable problem, Fox Business pointed out, was that Carnival Corporation & PLC, Princess Cruises’ parent company, doesn’t allow access to some adult websites on their wifi network.

Global News reached out to Carnival for confirmation but didn’t hear back by the time of publication.

The company also offered free access to their webcams to Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers players last month, presumably to let off steam in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, the Miami News Times reported.

Story continues below advertisement
Westerdam cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia
Westerdam cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia

“The offer isn’t a gateway to porn. … It’s a security measure to ward off potential thieves,” Parker said, adding that the players could livestream the feed from their homes.

READ MORE: British traveller may have spread novel coronavirus across Europe, officials say

Around 7,300 Diamond Princess and World Dream cruise passengers have been left stranded and docked in Japan and Hong Kong amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Of the 3,700 people docked in Japan, 251 are Canadian. On Sunday, it was announced that six more people tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases up to 70 onboard.

meaghan.wray@globalnews.ca