FARGO — A Fargo woman is finally back in town after a whirlwind dream vacation ended with her cruise ship sidelined after the coronavirus killed four people and sickened several others.
After days at sea on board the cruise ship Zaandam, Sue Baumgartner of Fargo finally slept in her own bed.
"It was great to be in my own place and my own soft bed and my refrigerator and my own food. It is nice," Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner and longtime friend Lorna Schlichtmann of Grand Forks were stranded on Zaandam after Florida refused to allow the ship to dock. Finally, a deal was made, and the two got off the ship, along with the other healthy passengers.
"Well, we did not feel like we were through it until we got on a plane in Dallas, Texas, and headed to Fargo," Baumgartner said. "Then we knew we were at the end of our trip."
Both women are now in self-quarantine for the next several days. The two said they owe a lot of thanks to their family members and the congressional delegation in North Dakota for keeping them informed on the status of the cruise ship's fate.
Baumgartner said this experience won't stop her adventurous spirit from traveling in the future.
"We already have a trip planned for 2021, on the same cruise ship, the same company," Baumgartner said. "We are going to travel as long as we are able."