While reports of five hundred sick passengers aboard two of Princess Cruises’ ships sailing to Fort Lauderdale (Ruby Princess and Crown Princess) dominate the news here in South Florida, a newspaper in New Orleans is reporting that over 200 passengers were stricken with norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship this weekend.
This means around 700 people on these three cruise ships are battling diarrhea and vomiting.
The norovirus outbreak aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas caused delay of the cruise ship’s departure from New Orleans According to WDSU.com, 20 of the over 200 affected passengers on the ship were quarantined in the port as a result of their illness.
The delay was around two hours Saturday evening as cleaning crews tried to sanitize the cruise ship. It is impossible to adequately sanitize a ship this large in such a short turn around, assuming the norovirus is not in the cruise ship’s food or water.
Yesterday we reported on norovirus outbreaks on the Ruby Princess and Crown Princess.
Last year, there were 14 sickness outbreaks on cruise ships calling on U.S. ports. So far, in the first five weeks of this year, there are already five outbreaks.
With the Costa Concordia disaster and several other overboards, deaths and shipboard rapes, the cruise industry is off to a rough start in 2012.
Were you on the Voyager of the Seas? Please leave a comment below and let us know how the cruise line handled the outbreak.
November 11, 20122 Update: Passengers report a large norovirus outbreak on the Voyager of the Seas as it sailed to Australia.
November 23, 2012 Update: The norovirus continues to infect unsuspecting passengers aboard the Voyager of the Seas in Australia. This time throughout the November 5 tp 23, 2012 18-night sailing returning to Sydney.
Photo credit: Kerry Maloney / NOLA.com / Times Picayune