The Centers for Disease Control issued their report on the illness that affected approximately 700 people aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas during its January 21 sailing, and as expected, they confirmed it was norovirus. Not only that, but it was a relatively new strain, GII.4 Sydney, but in the US it is currently the most common strain causing most norovirus illnesses.
Jan Vinje is the head virologist who tested the samples from people aboard Explorer in the CDC’s lab. He said that the virus most often is brought aboard by a passenger. It’s so extremely contagious it spreads rapidly before the cruise line can start their sanitation procedures.
* And We’re Not Going Anyplace
The cruise industry is relatively new in China. Apparently Chinese vacationers haven’t yet dealt with cruise lines enough to know that the cruise contract is stacked against the passenger.
A lot of passengers aboard Costa Victoria didn’t know that if their ship missed a port, they couldn’t really “demand” anything of the cruise line. So they did, and they got something.
* The Ship Has a Name
Norwegian Getaway now officially has a name. The ship was christened this afternoon in Miami, its new year round home port. More
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