Gastrointestinal Virus Plagues Passengers Aboard HAL's Veendam Cruise Ship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that sixty (60) of the 1237 passengers (4.85%) aboard the HAL Veendam cruise ship exhibited symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting during the last cruise.

Ten (10) of the 574 crew members (1.74%) also reported ill with gastrointestinal illness.

You can read the report here

Holland america Line Veendam Cruise ShipThe ship sailed from April 13 to May 4, 2013.

The Veendam has experienced problems with cleanliness and Illnesses over the years.

Last year, this HAL cruise ship flunked a health inspection.  That's hard to do.  Read our article: Gross! Holland America Line's Veendam Flunks Health Inspection.

The Veendam also sickened 80 and killed one passenger during a gastrointestinal outbreak in November of 2011.

Over the last decade HAL's cruise ships have experienced the most gastrointestinal illnesses and the Veendam has the third most outbreaks of the hundreds of cruise ships operating out of the U.S.  The only other cruise ships with a worse records are the Ryndam and the Amsterdam, both HAL ships. Read about the problem here.    

 

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Mike - May 5, 2013 11:37 PM

Hals poor record could be down to careless crew and insantiary working conditions, or it could be attributed to or exacerbated by HAL's passenger unique elderly demographic.

From personal observations over 50 cruises I have come to the conclusion that unhygienic buffet use and lack of personal hygiene around the ship or in hot tubs/pools seems to be perpetrated by young children and older folk.
HAL has a high proportion of older folk who tend to be walkers not washers in the bathroom,do disgusting things in the buffet, licking fingers,using bare hands not tongs to take food , coughing into their hands, not using handgel, ineffective though it is against viruses,and using walking sticks to press elevator buttons,etc etc.
And lets not even talk about the hot tub and pools which are virtually toilets.
AS far as walkers/scooters are concerned then what is the point of handwashing when they immedately recontaminte themselves on the handles of their walker - which they never sanitise.
I went on HAL once, I have found Princess to be marginally better but fairly similar, and they of course too have severe problems in the GI department.

Mike - May 5, 2013 11:38 PM

Hals poor record could be down to careless crew and insantiary working conditions, or it could be attributed to or exacerbated by HAL's passenger unique elderly demographic.

From personal observations over 50 cruises I have come to the conclusion that unhygienic buffet use and lack of personal hygiene around the ship or in hot tubs/pools seems to be perpetrated by young children and older folk.
HAL has a high proportion of older folk who tend to be walkers not washers in the bathroom,do disgusting things in the buffet, licking fingers,using bare hands not tongs to take food , coughing into their hands, not using handgel, ineffective though it is against viruses,and using walking sticks to press elevator buttons,etc etc.
And lets not even talk about the hot tub and pools which are virtually toilets.
AS far as walkers/scooters are concerned then what is the point of handwashing when they immedately recontaminte themselves on the handles of their walker - which they never sanitise.
I went on HAL once, I have found Princess to be marginally better but fairly similar, and they of course too have severe problems in the GI department.

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