So far, no one is reporting an outbreak of sickness aboard Celebrity Cruises' Mercury cruise ship for its latest - March 21st - sailing. This is good news after the last three disastrous cruises.
Today's South Carolina Post and Courier newspaper runs the headline "Mercury Appears Free of Norovirus" in which the newspaper reports: "after several days at sea, the Celebrity Mercury seems finally free of a stomach bug that afflicted nearly 1,000 passengers on its previous three voyages from Charleston."
The Cruise Critic message boards for the Mercury also seem to suggest that there is not a problem with gastrointestinal sickness, yet.
The question remains what was the cause of the last illness outbreak on the Mercury? Was it norovirus? Was it transmitted due to contaminated water or food? An infected food handler?
So far the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have not said.
Let's hope that the cruise ship passengers do not get sick for the remainder of the cruise.
If you are on the cruise and know otherwise, let us hear from you. Otherwise, enjoy your cruise!