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Illness Outbreaks on Cruise Ships

2010




2008
Box Score
2009
Box Score
2010
Box Score
Illness:
# of
reports
Pax
Sick
Crew
Sick
Total
Sick
# of
reports
Pax
Sick
Crew
Sick
Total
Sick
# of
reports
Pax
Sick
Crew
Sick
Total
Sick
Gastrointestinal
(including Noro virus)
35
3292
259 3551
30
3565
235
3800
36 6799 299 7098
E coli
2
166
19
185




       
Salmonella








       
Shigella








       
Other
2
7

7
3
235
162
397
1   3 3
Total
39
3465
278
3743
33
3800
397
4197
37 6799 302 7101
NOTE: Box Score includes outbreaks confirmed by the CDC or those reported by multiple sources with reliable numbers.  Estimates given by passengers are generally not included in the table.

Summary of Illness Outbreaks, 2002 - 2009
(Click on Year for More Detail)

Year
# of Reports
Total Sick
2002
43
3530
2003
44
3556
2004
42
3675
2005
35
4674
2006
54
7215
2007
42
4577
2008 39 3743
2009 30 4197


Swine Flu and Cruise Ships - Reported Cases and Issues




2010
Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Source
December 27 Queen Mary 2
Cunard Line
A poster at Cruise Critic reports currently on the QM2 Dec 19th sailing, quite an outbreak on board. Many passengers quarantined to their cabins, including our 12 yr old son for xmas eve, xmas and part of next day, and a few passengers expelled from the ship in Curacao for failing to maintain their quarantine. Another poster says there was a large outbreak in October as well. The CDC subsequently reports 167 of 2,483 passengers (6.73%) and 28 of 1,234 crew (2.27%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in New York City on January 2 on a cruise that began December 19. Update: Number were revised to 185 of 2,483 passengers (7.45%) and 29 of 1,234 crew (2.35%)
PAX/ CDC
November 18 Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises The CDC reports 37 of 814 passengers (4.55%) and 14 of 569 crew (2.46%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in San Pedro, California November 21st on a cruise that began November 2.
CDC
November 6 Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports 123 of 2027 passengers (6.06%) and 4 of 878 crew (0.46%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives in Fort Lauderdale November 7th following a 20 day transatlantic cruise. UPDATE: The final numbers are 134 (6.61%) passengers and 6 (0.69%) crew.
CDC
October 21 Carnival Glory
Carnival Cruise Lines
The CDC reports 113 of 3003 passengers (3.76%) and 20 of 1169 crew (1.71%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrived at New York City on October 16th from a 7 day cruise.
CDC
October 20 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
CBC reports a ship carrying dozens of passengers, who have been quarantined after contracting a stomach flu, arrived in Saint John Wednesday. Roughly 40 passengers and three crew members aboard the Caribbean Princess have been plagued by an outbreak of the stomach flu. The sick have been barred from leaving the cruise ship while it is in port in Saint John because the virus is easily spread.
Media
June 25 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Daily Gazette reports passengers have been struck by norovirus for the second time in a month. More than 80 people were said to be suffering symptoms of the norovirus when it docked yesterday. Earlier this month, 292 guests and 16 crew contracted the illness. Passengers due to join the ship this week were told it would be sailing later than planned to allow the vessel to be thoroughly cleaned.
Media
June 23 Opera
MSC Cruises
From a passenger: RE: June 4-14 cruise - norovirus was confirmed on the ship with over 400 passengers taken ill; passengers were vomiting in the reception area.  Doctors visits were free and tours were being refunded.
Pax
June 7 Superstar Aquarius
Genting Hong Kong Ltd
Health and Community News reports the Department of Health (Hong Kong) has received reports of three chickenpox cases on the ship. Pregnant women and immuno-compromised people should avoid boarding the ship over the next four weeks. The first case involved a 29-year-old male deck utility worker who came down with a fever and rash on May 20. The second case involved another male deck utility worker, 31, who shared a cabin with the first patient before isolation. He developed skin eruptions on his face, scalp, chest and back on June 5. A 22-year-old female card dealer in the casino on board was the third case. She developed eruptions on her face, chest and back on June 6. Passengers who boarded the ship on or after May 15 should seek medical advice if they develop any signs or symptoms of chickenpox or have any concerns about contracting the disease.
Media
June 7 Hjatland
Northlink Ferries
STV News reports the ferry, which operates between Aberdeen and Shetland, has been withdrawn following an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea and is currently docked at Aberdeen harbour where it will remain for the next 48 hours. Northlink Ferries say the decision was taken after a bus party from Hereford became ill within an hour of boarding the vessel on Friday in Lerwick. It is understood 14, mainly elderly people, reported feeling unwell during the course of the journey. The ship was then subjected to a ten hour chemical deep clean prior to sailing north on Saturday evening but Northlink Ferries decided to withdraw it from service after three members of the Hjaltland crew became ill with similar symptoms on Sunday. The ferry is now being cleaned again and is expected to operate as normal on Wednesday.
Media
June 5 Sapphire Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: The ship will dock at Pier 91 in Seattle on Sunday June 6 with reports that a number of passangers have the symptoms associated with norovirus.Passengers and luggage will be removed from the ship separately and the luggage will be stored and handled separately. June 6: King 5 News reports the cruise line confirmed that 96 passengers had contracted gastrointestinal illness caused by norovirus.
Media
May 26 Indpendence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Dagbladet.no and VG Nett have both reported that 134 passengers have reported ill with norovirus on the current cruise. The ship returns to Southampton May 29th from a 14-day cruise that included Spain and Portugal. Roundtownnewsreports the captain decided to dock the ship at Cádiz, after setting off from Southampton on 15th May. An official team of cleaners entered the ship and disinfected it while the passengers were away. The ship continued on its voyage to Lisbon.
Media
May 26 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
VG Nett reports for the fourth cruise in a row passengers are reporting ill with gastrointestinal illness. So far 22 passengers are known to have become ill. The ship has been referred to as "Vision of Disease" and the head of Oslo School of Management is quoted as saying that the numerous outbreaks and massive media coverage is a serious blow for Royal Caribbean's reputation in Norway.
Media
May 26 Constellation
Celebrity Cruises
A passenger writes: We took a Baltic Sea cruise on May16 out of Amsterdam and at some point, there were anywhere from 80 to 200 cases of Norovirus in crew and passengers.  The ship went into their mode for containing infection, etc. The ship had been in dry dock for refurbishing with much new equipment, etc, and I'm very curious about the cruise that began the day we disembarked.  Apparently they were about 4 hours late departing while the ship was sanitized (if that can truly be done). UPDATE June 7: AOL Travel reports 204 guests and 34 crew members were ill with the gastro-intestinal illness, a Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman said. The 12-day cruise of Scandinavia left Amsterdam on May 28. The ship is due to arrive back June 9, and before its next cruise will be delayed a few hours in Amsterdam to give ship personnel time to do "some enhanced sanitizing," the spokeswoman said.
PAX / Media
May 18 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Dagbladet.no reports 40 people have reported ill on the currect cruise. This is the third cruise in a row with an outbreak of gastrointentinal illness. UPDATE May 19: Dagbladet.no reports the number reporting ill is now 75.Update May 26: VG Nett reports the number reporing ill be the end of the cruise was 142.
Media
May 16 Grand Princess
Princess Cruises
The Daily Mirror reports dozens of passengers on a Mediterranean cruise were yesterday confined to their cabins as a result of norovirus. More than 2,500 people are on board - and the number of people becoming ill was said to be growing by the hour. Passengers David and Jackie Greenslade have been confined to cabin since Wednesday.David: "It was supposed to be a dream holiday but it's turned into a nightmare. People are dropping like flies." A spokesman for the cruise line said: "Out of 2,468 passengers only 30 have been affected so far." The Daily Echo subsequently reported that Princess said 57 people had reported ill, and that there had been an outbreak on the precceding cruise. According the the newspaper, the cruise line had notified passengers when they boarded the cruise that there had been an illness outbreak on the cruise that had just ended.
Media
May 10 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Dagbladet.no reports at least 80 passengers have reported ill on the current cruise. The ship left Oslo last Thursday and yesterday was in Dublin. It returns to Oslo Saturday. UPDATE MAY 19: Dagbladet.no reports the number of people reporting ill on the cruise was 296.
Media
May 6 Zuiderdam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports that 73 of 1846 passengers (3.95%) and 5 of 793 crew (0.63%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives at Vancouver May 8th from a 19 day cruise.
CDC
May 5 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
The Times of India reports 94 people were stricken with vomiting and diarrhea while on a five-day voyage around northern Europe. It was the third outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in three months aboard the ship. Dagbladet.no reports the number ill by the end of the cruise was more than 300 people.
Media
April 19 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
Cruises.co.uk reports the ship's current cruise has been cut short after a yet another case of Norovirus. Details are yet to be released, and Fred. Olsen haven't had the chance to comment. According to Fred Olsen Cruises the current cruise will be shortened by two days. The ship is on a 23 night cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean and sailed from Liverpool on 6th April. It will now arrive back on 27th April, calling at Izmir, Santorini, Ibiza and Almeria en route to Liverpool. As a gesture of good will, Fred. Olsen has given all passengers a £100 credit to their cabin accounts owing to the situation’s impact on the cruise as a whole. The Daily Mail reports 600 passengers (70% of those onboard) reported coming down with the gastrointestinal illness. NOTE: I have received the following message from Fred Olsen Cruises - It is correct that on the current cruise, a number of passengers did succumb to a norovirus-type illness, a situation which was made worse by two bouts of bad weather causing sea-sickness as well. The percentage of passengers affected throughout the entire cruise was 38%, and at the present time there are only two people who have been requested to remain in their cabins for two days. According to the Daily Mail, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines admitted ... 305 have been affected, but those travelling on the vessel claim as many as 650 of the 900 people on board have been affected by the norovirus.
Media
April 14 Kong Harald
Hurtigruten
The Press and Journal reports a small outbreak of norovirus has been confirms on the ship. Accoridng to the paper, A Moray couple on a cruise around Norway have been confined to their cabin for four days after catching a highly contagious stomach bug. They set sail on a 12-day voyage around the Scandinavian country last week but have only been able to see the views along its coastline from the window of their cabin after an outbreak of norovirus on the ship. The couple have been on the ship since last Wednesday, but have been under quarantine since Friday. The cruise confirmed it was dealing with an outbreak of norovirus on the ship, but said only 11 of the 410 passengers and crew members on board were either confirmed cases or showing symptoms.
Media
April 2 Oceana
P&O Cruises
The Southern Daily Echo reports 120 passengers who were struck down with a vomiting bug while on board a Southampton cruise ship, arrived back in the city this morning. Passengers reported contracting the norovirus bug while on a 14-night cruise around the Caribbean. Passengers were left furious after they discovered they had to pay for treatment on board. A spokesman for the cruise company said the fees should be reclaimed through travel insurance policies as they were no longer free on board following a change of policy. Despite the outbreak P&O said the ship was scheduled to leave on time for a two night cruise at 5pm today.
Media
March 15 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
USA Today reports the ship is ending the current cruise a day early, on Thursday (March 18), in order to allow for a deep cleaning. This is the third successive cruises with a gastrointestinal illness outbreak -- numbers of ill have not yet been reported. The Miami Herald reports the port call at British Virgin Islands was cancelled and that the number reporting ill was 350 of 1,829 passengers. CNN reports the CDC is making a no-sail recommendation for at least four full days for the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship to investigate recurring outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, a CDC spokesman said Monday. "The CDC and the cruise line corporate staff have not yet determined why the controls that they were following have not been effective," said CDC spokesman Ricardo Beato. Celebrity Cruises has been notified of the no-sail recommendation, Beato said. CNN reports the ship will depart two day late for its next cruise, alotting three days for a deep cleaning. The CDC's no-sail recommendation was for four full days. Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said the cruise line worked with the CDC on a sanitation plan "that was agreeable to both parties." UPDATE March 17: The CDC reports that 369 of 1829 passengers (20.17%) and 13 of 857 crew (1.52%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Update March 18: The CDC now reports that 406 of 1829 passengers (22.1%) and 13 of 857 crew (1.52%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness.
Media / CDC

March 12

Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Associated Press reports nearly 50 passengers have been stricken with vomiting and diarrhea, a health official said Friday. "At least 47 passengers on the Vision of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, were stricken by what we believe are noroviruses that cause gastroenteritis," a spokesman for the Brazilian National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance said. The ship, docked in the port of Santos, was not placed under quarantine and the nearly 2,000 passengers aboard were allowed to leave since "no one was seriously ill and there was no danger of the disease spreading." It was the ship's first cruise since last week when 310 people came down with gastroenteritis caused by noroviruses, the spokesman said. The ship will be cleansed again "but now that we are pretty sure that noroviruses are again to blame, we know what kind of cleaning agents to use," the spokesman said.
Media
March 10 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
BBC reports 13 passengers are currently keeping to their rooms after becoming ill on a Mediterranean cruise. Up to 30 people at any time have experienced symptoms on the three-week trip. The situation has been worsened by "very stormy" conditions in the eastern Mediterranean, causing many people to suffer from sea-sickness. One passenger said the passengers are going down like flies. The ship should arrive in Southampton on 22 March and is due to set off on another cruise from Liverpool the next day. So far there is not indication of number affected by the illness.
Media
March 9 Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
San DIego News Network reports the ship is experiencing a norovirus outbreak. It does not indicate the number person effected.
Media
March 7 Rotterdam
Holland America Line
From a passenger: The ship is currently "Code Red" suspected to be the norovirus. Embarkation today will be delayed approximately 2 hours while the ship is being cleaned by crew and contracted union janitoial personnel. Complimentary shuttle busses have been chartered to take guests to nearby Seaport Village.
Pax
March 5 Golden Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: I was on the Golden Princess mid Jan to end of Jan to Hawai and was sick from a norovirus type of illness. Forced to keep cabin for 2 days, no air with broken air condition ... What a way to vacation. There was a rumor about 400 people sick and few escorted by ambulance to the hospital. Of course Princess denies responsibility and does not want to reveal the CDC report. Note: This outbreak is not included in the table above.
Pax
March 5 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
The Charleston Post and Courier reports since the ship set sail from Charleston on Saturday, 55 of the 1,880 passengers have fallen ill with norovirus. The ship's most recent departure was delayed a day as a cleaning crew sanitized it, and three officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went aboard to test for the virus. UPDATE: The CDC reports that 182 of 1749 passengers (10.41%) and 14 of 850 crew (1.65%) reported ill on the cruise ending March 8 in Charleston.
Media / CDC
March 3 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Internationa
The CDC reports that 102 of 2158 passengers (4.7%) and 14 of 848 crew (1.6%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives at Miami March 5th from an 11 day cruise.
CDC
March 3 Vision of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Globo.com (Brazil) reports the ship was held today in Buzios, in the Lake District, after 195 people showed signs of vomiting and diarrhea. The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) prevented all passengers and crew from leaving the vessel until the authorities discover the reason for the outbreak. The ship has 1987 passengers and 765 crew on board. The ship began its its seven day cruise in Santos on March 1, with stops scheduled in Buzios and Ilhabela. UPDATE: Associated Press reports the ship has been quarantined by Brazilian authories. Brazil's National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance says at least 310 people have been suffering symptoms from some kind of food poisoning. The ships is expected to leave Buzios later today.
Media
March 3 Millennium
Celebrity Cruises
The CDC reports that 157 of 2020 passengers (7.76%) and 23 of 938 crew (2.45%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives at San Juan March 5th from an 11 day cruise. From a passenger: I was onboard the Feb 22 - Mar 5 cruise. I, my daughter and sister-in-law that stayed in the same cabin all came down with the Norovirus. I have been on 27 cruises, and never before have I experienced anything like this. It was horrible, and the medical staff handled the situation poorly. We were so sick, called down to the medical and they stated they would be up to our cabin in 30 minutes. 3 hours later, we called back and were then told we would have to come down. Let me tell you, you are so sick and weak, this would have been impossible. We finally made it down hours later, and were treated. It isn't pleasant to go and sit in such a small area with more sick people who have this illness. We have been given a credit for only one day, which was the length we were in isolation, which in my opinion is a joke....You are so sick and weak after this that is took us three days to feel up to anything and then for the rest of the cruise we didn't do any excursions, with the fear of being out on a catamaran and having a flare up. It really limited the rest of the cruise. I might add, that while having been on other cruises, RC for example, you always see them cleaning the public areas. We never saw this on the Millennium, until after several days of the captain coming on and announcing that the virus was going around did they really start to try to clean the public areas. After we came down with the virus, on about the fifth day of the cruise, they took away anyone being able to serve themselves in the buffet or dining room. So sorry it took them so long, even after knowing people were coming down ill, did they start the process that should have been enforced since the first day of anyone coming down with the illness.
CDC / PAX
March 3 Maasdam
Holland America Line
The CDC reports that 168 of 1211 passengers (13.87%) and 19 of 559 crew (3.40%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship arrives at Fort Lauderdale March 5th from a 14 day cruise.
CDC
March 1 Rotterdam
Holland America Line
I have received two reports of norovirus outbreaks on the cruise running 02/21/10 – 03/08/10. One passenger writes: The GI illness was all over the ship -  I was diagnosed  with the illness a day after the passenger jumped.  All self-serve areas were completely shut down to passenger access and were administered by the crew – this was in place for the remainder of the journey.  I am a 46 year old male and this illness was one of the worst I ever had  I experienced diarrhea for a solid 36 hours, going to restroom every 15 minutes (literally) coupled with vomiting.  I was given 6 Imodium tablets to take, which didn’t stop it – I started running fever and was very weak. Then I was given antibiotics with a stronger anti-diarrheal medication.  It finally subsided and was able to keep food down.  Please take caution if you hear of an outbreak on a cruise line. NOTE: The number of passengers reporting ill was not indicated and given the ship did not stop in a U.S. port it was not required to report the outbreak to the CDC.
PAX
February 22 Mercury
Celebrity Cruises
Associated Press reports 326 guests and 27 crew members have fallen ill with a stomach ailment -- passengers began complaining Sunday of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. A company spokesperson said the ship's medical facilities were overwhelmed and another doctor and nurse came aboard in St. Kitts in the British Virgin Islands. The ship made four other stops in the Caribbean. It's not clear what pathogen was involved, but samples were being dropped off in Puerto Rico for testing. The ship left Charleston on Feb. 15 and is scheduled to return Feb. 26. UPDATE: WIBW reports the number of ill passengers is now 419. UPDATE Feb 25: CDC reports the numbers ill were 411 of 1833 passengers (22.43%) and 32 of 843 crew (3.8%).
Media / CDC
February 8 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
A poster at Cruise Critic (message #20) reports, "As of Friday 5th Feb Fred Olsen says about eighty people infected on the present cruise. The ship will again be "deep cleansed" on its return. FO will write to all next group passengers setting out the position and presumably the options. My partner and I have strong recommendations from our GPs not to risk it and I am cancelling and requesting refunds".
Pax
February 2 Bahamas Celebration
Celebration Cruise Line
A reader writes: Illness hit many of the passengers on the Jan 29 sailing to Nassau (including my wife). Saturday night it seems at least 1/3 third of the passengers became ill with gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Ship crew would not confirm norovirus or food poisoning, but the illness did not seem to pass on to others, suggesting food poisoning. Returned to Fort Lauderdale Monday morning. We had booked in the specialty restaurant for the Sunday night. My wife was too sick to leave her stateroom, but I went on my own. Another group was there: was supposed to be a group of 16. Only 7 were there, as the rest were too ill. Other groups came in later. One was to be 8 people; only 5 could come. Most everyone I talked to had a partner or friends ill. It all seemed to begin from 6 pm Saturday to Sunday morning.
Pax
January 27 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The CDC reports 19 of 983 crew (1.93%) and 168 of 1854 passengers (9.06) reported ill on the cruise running 12 - 27 January. The cruise began in New York City; CDC performed an operational inspection on January 15th in Fort Lauderdale; the cruise ended in San Francisco. This is the second illness outbreak in a row.
CDC
January 22 Boudicca
Fred Olsen Cruises
The Portsmouth News reports 150 passengers became ill from norovirus on the Canary Island cruise beginning January 4 and ending January 18.
Media
January 14 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
I have received an email from a passenger on the current world cruise saying that 80 people have been confined to their cabin because of norovirus. More information will be posted as it becomes available. UPDATE February 3: The CDC reports 293 of 1163 passengers(25.19%) and 17 of 519 crew (3.28%) reported ill on the cruise running 5 January to 4 February (time in US waters on world cruise).
PAX / CDC
January 14 Noordam
Holland America Line
A passenger wrote to say the 10 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to  the Caribbean (January 04-14 2010) had a norovirus outbreak on the  3rd day of the 10 day cruise and it ended on the last full day of the cruise. It was subsequently learned that the number of people infected was 36-38, so below the 3% threshold to be considered an outbreak.  The cruise left Fort Lauderdale 01/04/10 and the outbreak started 01/07/10 and ended 01/13/10.  My cynical self became very suspicious when there was no additional disinfecting practices observed.
PAX
January 12 Aurora
P&O Cruises
Cruises.co.uk has a posting about an illness outbreak on the early stages of a world cruise. As stated, Already the buffet restaurant has been closed for four days and the Captains party has been postponed twice. It is unclear the extent of the illness.
PAX
January 10 Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Cruise Line
A reader reports: there were reports on our sailing (Jan 3rd) that 300 pax were sick with GI. One passenger who came down sick was a close friend of mine. I can tell you that after the first day, all buffet areas were no longer "self serve" and remained that way for the entire cruise. NCL appeared to be very diligent in battling the outbreak. Crew was sanitizing constantly, and did seem to get it under control. From another reader: According to one ship announcement the illness involved up to 8% of the passengers. The Jade went into extensive prevention measures including hand santisers in every elevator, crew with hand spray at the entrance to each restaurant and the major shop, removal of all brochures about trips which normally are available for passenger reading, and substituting crew for all self-service including bread at dinner, coffee and tea in the cafe. When we returned to Barcelona at the end of the cruise continuing passengers were obliged to leave the ship for several hours in the morning as the entire ship was being sanitized. Sorry to say it didn't work for me - I came down with a virus of short duration at the second Moroccan port with complications that lasted several days. Medical attention was prompt, and free, and, fortunately, effective.
PAX
January 12 Dawn Princess
Princess Cruises
Sydney Morning Herald reports more than 240 Australian passengers on a cruise to New Zealand were struck down by a gastro virus. Health officials boarded the ship when it docked at Station Pier in Melbourne early yesterday to examine infection-control procedures after the outbreak caused vomiting and diarrhoea among passengers. All passengers were allowed to leave the ship which was ending its 13-night cruise in Melbourne. "The infection control officer will be checking that cleaning procedures have been carried out to prevent any further spread," said Victorian health department spokesman Graeme Walker. Carnival Australia, the company that operates the ship, confirmed the outbreak happened three days after it left Melbourne on December 29 with about 2000 passengers. Media
January 11 Disney Wonder
Disney Cruise Line,
A poster at Cruise Critic writes: Me, the hubby and three kids set sail 1-7-10 for a three day Bahamas on Disney Wonder. By midnight the second night, our 13 year old was sick and about 16 hours later it hit the 11 year old. Ship doctor said "GI" infection and gave us anti-nausea meds, he was cranky and rude (which is unacceptable when dealing with sick children). In his defense, however, I quickly discovered why. I'll bet he and his staff were up all night dealing with sick people. By the second morning, after the first kid got sick, all buffet stations were no longer self-serve. Even the beverage stations on deck were roped off and crew members were handing drinks to people. Internet
January 9 Queen Victoria
Cunard Line
The Daily Mail reports the ship could be refused entry into the U.S. after an outbreak of a winter vomiting bug. The Queen Victoria will not be allowed to dock if the virus reaches an epidemic rate, where 15 per cent of those onboard are affected, authorities warn. So far, 30 people have been confined to their cabins. The ship's captain has ordered a major cleaning operation of handrails, dining rooms and other public areas in a bid to protect the remaining 2,000 or so passengers and crew. Self-service of food and beverages has been stopped and receptions have been canceled. The ship is due to arrive at New York on Monday and on Tuesday will leave for the Caribbean for a two-week tour. Update: South Florida Business Review reports 9.55% of passengers (179) reported ill as did eight (0.981%) of ther crew.
Media / CDC
January 5 Balmoral
Fred Olsen Cruises
Kent Online reports the ship is undergoing a thorough clean and disinfection at Dover today after more than 350 passengers and crew were taken ill during a Christmas and New Year cruise. The ship leaves tonight on a 106-night world cruise. Media


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