Explorer of the SeasThe noro-stricken Explorer of the Seas has returned to New Jersey filled with 684 ill passengers and crew members. This is reportedly the largest gastrointestinal illness outbreaks on a cruise ship in twenty years.

A gastrointestinal illness (GI) chart from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship shows that the outbreak became obvious on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 when nearly 150 passengers reported that they were sick. By the next day, Wednesday. January 22, 2014, over 300 additional passengers suffered from the onset of the illness. You can track the outbreak affecting both passengers and crew on the chart below.

The chart does not have data included from yesterday or today.

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that there are 684 ill, with 630 passengers and 54 crew members affected. 

It will be interesting if Royal Caribbean will produce a (GI) chart showing the number of patients who suffered from GI during the prior cruise.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Explorer of the Seas Norovirus Chart 

  Photo Credit: Explorer of the Seas – Thomas Layer / AP Photo 

  • Why not release

    Let’s see all the records for this cruise including the potable water records, pool records, whirlpool records, sanitizing records, water sampling records. Maybe the problem can be found in the records? CDC has them. Or is CDC just to inept to interpret the data at their fingertips? Why are they funded through tax dollars for investigations if they can’t put one and one together and figure out the source of an outbreak? If they can’t figure out an outbreak on a contained ship, how are they going to deal with an outbreak spanning several countries? As I see it this is a perfect trial run of a scenario involving a controlled outbreak and CDC is failing miserably. Heaven forbid if we have a real life outbreak outside the confines of ship. How can they handle that if they can’t handle a cruise ship outbreak?