A Canadian news source, CBC News, reports that cruise passengers on a 31-day Holland America Line (HAL) cruise returning to Vancouver suffered from the ill effects of a norovirus outbreak.
The outbreak involved HAL’s Volendam. The cruise line, which has experienced more gastrointestinal outbreaks than any other cruise line in the last decade, drained its pools and hot tubs and emptied its libraries to try and contain the spread of the norovirus outbreak.
HAL reported 28 guests and one crew member (2.37 % of the total 1,222 people on board) were sick over the course of the cruise. At three percent, Health Canada could launch a full investigation but will not because the reported cases did not reach this percentage.
One passenger told CBC that the problem appeared worse to those onboard than just the reported cases: “It had to be quite high, because it seemed like you would never sit at a table at dinner without someone having had it.”
After a few hours of cleaning, the cruise ship sailed on a week-long cruise to Alaska at 5 p.m. on the same day it returned to Vancouver
Yesterday we reported on another HAL disease outbreak on the Veendam.
The last time we reported on the Volendam, the article involved a crew member fatality when a cable to a lifeboat snapped.
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