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This seems like déjà vu all over again.
Royal Caribbean’s ship, Explorer of the Seas left January 21 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, headed to the Caribbean. Under normal circumstances, a 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise to an exotic destination would be pleasurable and exciting. That wasn’t the case for more than 600 vacationers who found themselves ill and unable to complete their trip.
Guests aboard the ship suffered gastrointestinal illnesses so severe, the ship’s itinerary had to be cut short, returning two days earlier than scheduled, according to Bernadette Burden, a spokeswoman with the Centers for Disease Control. More than 600 passengers and crew members reported feeling nauseous with many also experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. The exact cause of the illness was not immediately clear, though symptoms are consistent with norovirus, the cruise line said.
After returning to its home port on Wednesday, the cruise line said it would perform a “thorough ‘barrier’ sanitization program on the entire ship to make certain that any remaining traces of the illness are eliminated.”
The cause of the illness was not immediately clear, though symptoms are consistent with norovirus, the cruise line said. Noroviruses spread easily and are a common cause of gastroenteritis, which produces vomiting and diarrhea.
This is not the first time a cruise liner has been contaminated, sickening the guests and providing little escape for the airborne viruses that infect the atmosphere. The close quarters and often less than sterile cabins can cause anyone concern when deciding on their next vacation. Hopefully, Royal Caribbean will set measures in place to lessen the likelihood off this kind of scenario being played out in the future, as much as possible.
No word yet on how the cruise liner plans to compensate the 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members who were onboard.
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