The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 111 out of of 2122 passengers (5.23%) and 6 out of 790 crew (0.76%) have reported ill with gastrointestinal illness involving vomiting and diarrhea. The Royal Caribbean ship was on a 7 day cruise from Baltimore.
You can read the CDC report here. The CDC hasn’t figured out yet whether the gastrointestinal outbreak was caused by norovirus.
Cruise expert Professor Ross Klein reports that cruise passengers have received the following information in an email:
"Hello, this is Royal Caribbean International. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding your Saturday, April 5th, sailing onboard Grandeur of the Seas out of the Port of Baltimore. During the ship’s last sailing, a number of guests experienced a gastrointestinal illness. We will conduct enhanced sanitizing onboard the ship and within the terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting your cruise. Therefore, your check-in and boarding will be delayed. Because space and seating in the terminal is limited, we ask that you not arrive to the port before 2:00 PM. Check in will take place between 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM."
I always wonder about the effectiveness of "enhanced cleaning" when the CDC can’t determine what the disease is much less how it can aboard the cruise ship.
Any passengers cruising this week please let us know whether the virus was eradicated or whether the outbreak continues.
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