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Illness Outbreaks on Cruise Ships

2014




2012
Box Score
2013
Box Score
2014
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)
32 5079 453 5532 21 2189 126 2315 11 2173 125 2278
E coli
        1 60 10 70 1 122 30 152
Salmonella
                       
Shigella
                       
Other
2   10 10         1 9 50 59
Total
34 5079 463 5542 22 2249 136 2385 13 2304 205 2509
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 - 2010
(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
2010 37 7101
2011 23 1971
2012 34 5542
2013 22 2385






Date
Ship
Cruise Line
Event
Source
2014
November 14 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
CDC reports 158 of 3009 passengers (5.25%) and 14 of 1160 crew (0.99%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer will board the ship in San Pedro, CA on November 16th to conduct an environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.The ship was on a 28 day cruise ending in LA. CDC
September 9 Sea Princess
Princess Cruises
WA Today reports a gastrointestinal virus outbreak has felled about 100 passengers aboard a cruise ship on a round trip from Fremantle to Singapore.  Listeners to radio 6PR, one currently on board the cruise and a caller who had returned home, contacted the Breakfast Show to confirm they had been infected by the virus during their holiday aboard the vessel. Princess Cruises confirmed about 100 of the 2000 passengers aboard reported being ill. Cruise Law News says the number reporting illness was in the hundreds -- MSN put the number at over 500.
Media
April 11 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CDC reports 97 of 2120 passengers (4.58%) and 8 of 808 crew (0.99%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist will board the ship in Baltimore, MD on April 12, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.The ship was on a 7 day cruise from Baltimore (2nd illness outbreak in a row). CDC
April 8 Crown Princess
Princess Cruises
CBS in San Francisco reports thirty-seven passengers have contracted gastrointestinal intestinal illness caused by the Norovirus, which is common but extremely contagious. The ship’s crew has stepped up sanitation procedures on the ship to prevent further spread. None of the stricken passengers left the ship after docking in San Francisco, opting to continue sailing on the seven-day coastal cruise that departed from Los Angeles. The ship is on its way to Santa Barbara. CNN reports the number of ill has increased to 66 passengers and 17 crew members. The LA Times reports there are 83 sick passengers. UPDATE April 11: CDC reports 122 of 3161 passengers (3.86%) and 30 of 1176 crew (2.55%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer will board the ship in Los Angeles, CA on April 12, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 7-day cruise from Los Angeles. (E. coli & Norovirus) CDC
April 5 Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CDC reports 111 of 2122 passengers (5.23%) and 6 of 790 crew (0.76%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. The ship was on a 7 day cruise from Baltimore. CDC
March 26 Maasdam
Holland America Line
CDC reports 65 of 1096 passengers (5.93%) and 8 of 569 crew (1.41%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Three CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship on arrival in Ft. Lauderdale on March 28, 2014 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 26 day cruise. CDC
March 3 Oriana
P&O Cruises
The Daily Echo reports the ship returned to Southampton with 57 passengers suffering from gastrointestinal illness. Media
Febraury 27 Costa Pacifica
Costa Cruises
Il Messaggero reports dozens of passengers, probably infected with the virus that causes measles, were disembarked in the afternoon from a cruise ship docked in the port of Civitavecchia. According to what has been learned travelers, including many Italian and foreign tourists were on board the Costa Pacifica. At least 9 people were hospitalized at the hospital Spallanzani in Rome, but others , from the port were transferred to hospitals in the capital and Orbetello . Along with the passengers, 59 crew members wer disembarked. Given that measles has an incubation period of 7 to 21 days, the number effected will likely be much higher. Media
February 23 Veendam
Holland America Line
CDC reports 114 of 1273 passengers (8.96%) and 10 of 575 crew (1.74%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship on arrival in Ft. Lauderdale on February 22, 2014 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a 14 day cruise. CDC
January 30 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
Houston Chronicle reports the ship will return more than 24 hours early because of an illness outbreak. According to the CDC 181 of 3102 passengers (5.8%) and 11 of 1148 crew (0.96%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. Two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers will board the ship in Houston, TX on January 31 and February 1, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. The ship was on a seven day cruise. NOTE: There had been reported increased illness on the ship two weeks before (see below). CDC
January 25 Carnival Miracle Carnival Cruise Lines From a passenger: my wife and I sailed from LA to the Mexican Riviera on a 6-day cruise between January 12th and 18th. On that cruise she got extremely sick with what was later diagnosed as a lower GI infection, and as the cruise progressed at least 40-50 other passengers got really sick. While Carnival refunded our planned Puerto Vallarta shore excursion they refused to refund even a portion of the all-you-can-drink alcohol pass that we purchased, even though my wife was too sick to even drink alcohol for half of the cruise. Carnival did not charge us for my wife's two visits to the ship's infirmary too, and on our 2nd visit my wife saw a computerized list of passengers on sick restrictions that was more than a single webpage in length. Pax
January 25 Explorer of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
CDC reports 281 of 3050 passengers (9.21%) and 22 of 1165 crew (1.15%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship in St. Thomas, USVI on January 26, 2014 to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens are being collected and will be sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship is on a ten day cruise, beginning January 21 and ending January 31. It had departed Cape Liberty, New Jersey on January 21 for a scheduled 10-day cruise to the island of St. Maarten, which included scheduled stops in Haiti and Puerto Rico. UPDATE: CNN reports the ship will return two days early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, the cruise line said Sunday. According to the CDC, 634 of the 3,050 passengers (20.6%) and 55 of 1,165 crew members (4.7%) have reported being ill. CDC
January 21 Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line
CDC reports 130 of 2318 passengers (5.61%) and 12 of 1039 crew (1.15%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness. CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on arrival in Miami, Florida on January 19, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens were sent to the CDC lab for testing. The ship was on a 14 day cruise ending January 19. CDC
January 18 Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
WSVN News reports the ship arrived at PortMiami with 68 people experiencing an illness thought to be norovirus, according to the cruise line. Royal Caribbean released a statement Friday that said several people onboard the cruise ship began to experience a gastrointestinal illness believed to be norovirus. Over the course of the five day sailing, 66 out of 2,581 guests and two out of 844 crew members experienced the illness. Media
January 15 Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
New Zealand Herald reports cleaners are working to sanitise a cruise ship before the next group of passengers boards after dozens of people caught a violent stomach bug on its last voyage. The ship docked in Tauranga yesterday at the end of a cruise that began in Australia 12 days ago. It is due to leave on its next voyage from Auckland today but check-in will be delayed by about four hours while the ship is thoroughly sterilised after about 60 of 3,500 passengers and crew contracted norovirus on the latest trip. Media
January 11 Caribbean Princess
Princess Cruises
From a reader: Passengers have been notified that during the current cruise there has been an increase in the number of cases of gastrointestinal illness amongst passengers caused by Norovirus. In response, we have arranged for the ship to undergo a prolonged and additional disinfection in Houston on Saturday, January 11, 2014. As a consequence, cruise check-in and embarkation will be delayed until 2:00 pm. NOTE: This was also noted by a passenger who just disembarked the ship who said, "Cabins on both sides of us had to be sanitized due the passengers being sick." Pax
   
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