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Caribbean cruise cut short as hundreds sickened with norovirus


More than 200 passengers & crew on board Royal Caribbean‘s Grandeur of the Seas, the trip was anything but grand.The nine-day Caribbean cruise was cut short after an outbreak of the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness norovirus and a medical emergency requiring treatment on land.
Norovirus was confirmed as the “causative agent” of the widespread illness by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Two environmental health officers and two epidemiologists were despatched by the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program to collect samples on board the ship in Falmouth, Jamaica.
The samples will be tested, and the ship’s response to the outbreak will be evaluated, the federal agency said.
According to the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program website, the same vessel had two norovirus outbreaks last year.
Overall, the CDC reported nine norovirus outbreaks in 2014 on cruise lines that docked in US ports.
Meanwhile, Grandeur of the Seas passengers complained about the lack of information provided by the cruise line throughout the ordeal.
“It kind of seemed like they weren’t being very honest with us about the whole situation. We heard that there were three people sick. Then another person said it was over 100, so, I mean, we never got a clear answer from any of the crew members,” passenger Nick Canning was quoted as saying by CNN.
According to Georgia Moseback, some of her fellow passengers were sick for three days with vomiting and diarrhoea and described the episode as “just a cruise from hell.”
The experience reportedly fell far short of the honeymoon of passenger April Neall’s dreams.
“I was happy to leave Baltimore and go to the islands, and now I’m just happy to be home,” she said.
According to Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez, gastrointestinal illness sickened 193 guests (9.91 percent) and nine crew members (1.15 percent).
“Once all guests had debarked Grandeur of the Seas, we began an extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal, to help prevent any illness from affecting the subsequent sailing,” Martinez said.



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Comment by GospelPan on February 10, 2015 at 1:47pm

I told my wife, no cruise for me, folks are always getting sick on those cruises. A friend of mine went on a cruise last year and came back with a ...nah, not for me.  I'm beginning to think someone maybe experimenting on folks...

Comment by Javier on February 9, 2015 at 9:22am
Royal Caribbean Cruise ships have a problem.
I took a cruise out of Venice Italy on mid June of 2014. My wife and I, and my wife aunt husband got sick with some type of stomach virus. We self medicated with Peptol Bismol and Emodium thinking that maybe we had eaten something that didn't go well with us while in Venice or when we had went on shore, it was not so. On the last night of the cruise when we got to our cabin we noticed a questioner that was left asking if anyone in our cabin had gotten sick during the cruise, we answered the questions and turn in the form to the medical staff and we were denied any compensation because we didn't report it prior to the questioner.
During the trip we noticed that no matter where you went on the ship you was given liquid hand sanitizer and there was a whole lots of whipping down of the hand rails and other areas where you might touch.
That was a very low down tactic by Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Comment by Big Woman on February 9, 2015 at 1:25am
Jeez, I wonder what causes these outbreaks so often?! Maybe too many people on the boat? The last one I was on had over 3000 people.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 8, 2015 at 10:21pm
I think I'm going to stick to flying

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