Norovirus Hits Cruise Ship

Let’s say you’re about to go on a cruise and you’ve just had stomach trouble. Would you go? Would you worry about infecting others?

We ask because a norovirus, a painful stomach ailment, ruined an 11 day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.  

The ship returned to Ft. Lauderdale  on March 8 from the Caribbean after 105 guests and 3 crew members became ill. In a statement the cruise line said crew members gave out over-the-counter medication to those who were ill.  The company said, “At Royal Caribbean International we have high health standards for all our guests and crew.  During the sailing, we conduct enhanced cleaning onboard the ship, to help prevent the spread of the illness.”

After the return to Ft. Lauderdale the ship underwent another thorough cleaning, according to the cruise line.  In an attempt to prevent stomach viruses from spreading,  the company says it gives a letter to people when they board.  Guests are asked, “…if they have experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms within the past three days.”

Did the individual, or people, who might have spread the virus read the letter?  Did they answer truthfully?

We all know how popular cruises are, so how would you handle something like this?

Let us know!

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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  1. My mom just got off this ship on sat. Most of the crew and passengers got the stomach virus. She said it was awful.

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