The departure of Celebrity Cruises’ Mercury cruise ship, scheduled for today, has been delayed so that the cruise line can make a last ditch effort to try and kill the norovirus which sickened over 20% of the passengers and crew during its last cruise.
Celebrity is offering vouchers to accommodate the passengers or staying overnight in Charleston.
The ship is now scheduled to depart on Saturday at 5 PM.
A large number of newspapers and blogs are covering the plight of the sick cruise ship. The highly respected Food Poison Blog by super-lawyer Bill Mahler covers the problem in an article "Over 400 Sickened with Norovirus on Cruise." NPR (my favorite) has even gotten involved with a story entitled "Stomach Flu Hits Caribbean Cruise Ship."
Celebrity Cruises president Daniel Hanrahan issued a statement: "I would like to apologize for the inconvenience this delay will cause our guests on Celebrity Mercury’s next sailing . . . the extra time we are taking to sanitize the ship will help prevent any illness from affecting the next cruise."
Let’s hope so.
February 27, 2010 Update:
Passengers who live more than a 2 hour drive from Charleston arte staying in area hotels paid by the cruise line, and credited $50 for expenses incurred. According to the Post and Courier, the cruise’s itinerary was shortened by a day, with a call in Key West canceled. Passengers who sail today will be given on-board credit for two-days worth of their fare and a 25 percent discount on future Celebrity cruise bookings
Read other Cruise Law News articles regarding the sick Mercury cruise ship.
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Mercury cruise ship and passengers AP (Mic Smith) via Washington Post