For a few of the outstanding Covid-19 lawsuits against Princess Cruises, their ability to move forward may be a matter of time.

Specifically, when the passengers aboard the 107,500-gt Grand Princess (built 1998) on a voyage from San Francisco in February contracted the coronavirus.

In seven of the 11 outstanding lawsuits seeking to hold the Carnival Corp brand responsible for exposure to Covid-19, a judge instructed plaintiffs to amend filings to establish that they indeed contracted it during the cruise.