HAL MaasdamTen days ago we wrote about a gastrointestinal outbreak on the Holland America Line (HAL) Maasdam which was sailing routes in South America. 

Passengers were stating that numerous people are sick with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other noro virus like symptoms. 

Some passengers complained that they became tired of the HAL captain blaming them for the outbreak.

The public relations people at HAL and parent company Carnival Corporation ignored our requests for information.

The Maasdam finally returned to Fort Lauderdale and the CDC boarded. The CDC is now reporting that 65 of 1096 passengers (5.93%) and 8 of 569 crew (1.41%) were ill with an unspecified gastrointestinal illness.

You can read the CDC report here.


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  • Cynthia Allen

    We have friends that will be on it for another 2 weeks! Where did this report come from? It has not landed in Ft. Lauderdale!!!
    We couldn’t even touch a salt shaker with our hands – a crew member had to give us the salt, gave us our morning coffee, served all food at the Lido Grill, our suite was cleaned twice a day! The Captain really tried to contain the virus as well as possible.
    I probably will never take a cruise again because of this!