When passengers fall victim to norovirus while cruising, cruise lines typically blame the passengers for bringing the virus aboard and sickening the ship and crew. But if this Canadian news report is correct, its looks like the table has been turned on one cruise line which allegedly sickened people ashore in the port of Halifax with the dreaded "cruise ship virus."
According to CTV News, the Carnival Glory which stopped in Halifax about two weeks ago is the suspected source of an outbreak that shut down two restaurants on the waterfront this week. Two waterfront restaurants, The Bicycle Thief and Ristorante a Mano, had to close after at least 26 staff and customers became ill with what appears to be the norovirus.
Other business owners complained that Carnival cruise passengers came through their shops and sickened the employees and customers.
Some locals commented that they intended to avoid waterfront businesses out of fear that the virus from the cruise passengers might infect them.
We commented on the puke fest on the Carnival in a prior blog.