A reader of Cruise Law News in the U.K. alerted me to an article in the Daily Echo that one of Royal Caribbean's cruise ships based in the U.K. has been hit with a break out of norovirus:
"Thousands of holidaymakers due to set sail on board a Southampton-based cruise ship were hit by delays yesterday after norovirus hit 117 passengers and three crew on the liner’s previous cruise.
They were delayed boarding Royal Caribbean ship Independence of the Seas until 3pm so that her cabins and the cruise terminal could be sanitized.
She set sail just after her scheduled 7 PM departure."
Were you on this cruise? How did the cruise line handle the outbreak?
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March 7, 2012 Update:
Professor Ross Klein's website has this quote from a passenger:
"We have just returned today 06.03.12 from an 11 day cruise on Independence of the Seas. We were asked to check in late (15.30), by email. We were left standing in corridors, the check in lounge and even outside for about three hours. They kept apologising for the delay over and over again.
While we were on the ship the staff were constantly sanatizing all handrails chairs and tables, the shops were sprayed every night. Each time someone entered the toilet a voice would say"Stop don't forget to wash your hands." When you sat down to dinner then someone would announce that we were on a high state of alert for Norovirus and to please wash your hands. We were handed wipes each time you entered a venue. We were not allowed to put condiments on our food the waiters etc had to do it for you. They even had to put the milk in you coffee and handed you sugar packets with tongs. We felt like lepers and it spoiled the whole holiday.
must say that the crew had to work extra hard but they always had a smile for us, but they must all be shattered."
Photo credit: Daily Echo