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Dozens of Passengers Sailing from Baltimore Fall Ill on Cruise Ship

Norovirus blamed.

Grandeur of the Seas as shown on Wikipedia.
Grandeur of the Seas as shown on Wikipedia.

For the second time in two trips, dozens of passengers sailing from the Port of Baltimore have become sick on a cruise ship.

The passengers boarded Royal Caribbean's Grendeur of the Seas on April 5 for a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, WTOP reports.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told The Associated Press that passengers were responding well to over-the-counter medication being administered on the ship.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website that about 100 passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea. Martinez said a norovirus was believed to be the cause.

The CDC said more than 100 passengers and crew members got sick on the Grandeur's last cruise from Baltimore from March 28 to April 5. The agency said the cause was a norovirus.

k April 12, 2014 at 01:15 PM
The incubation period is 12-48 hours per the CDC.
Kolo Jezdec April 12, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Also from the CDC: You can become infected with norovirus by accidentally getting stool or vomit from infected people in your mouth. This usually happens by ***eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus, ***touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus then putting your fingers in your mouth, or ***having contact with someone who is infected with norovirus (for example, caring for or sharing food or eating utensils with someone with norovirus illness).**** Norovirus can spread quickly in closed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships. Most norovirus outbreaks happen from November to April in the United States.
David J Iacono April 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Are these people studpid or what. How many warnings in the media do you have to get before you realize it's risky to take one of the cheapy cruises.
mnadol April 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I was on this last cruise - it was disgusting. They should have taken the ship out of service on Ap[ril 5 and done a full sterilization of the ship. There were passengers doing back to back cruises and they could merely stay on the ship while it was being "deep cleaned". Fortunately we did not get sick but the crew stood around with buckets of "cleaner" fluid and wiped down elevators and surfaces every 15 minutes without drying them, leaving wet sticky surfaces everywhere. You won't find me on Grandeur again. The virus has no price tag - all of the ships are susceptible if they aren't managed carefully.
Pamela April 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM
My family and I were on the March 28 cruise and I did not know that there was a norovirus problem until I read this article! The only problem we encountered was on the way home... we had up to 35 foot waves and 50 mph winds! People were falling, dishes were crashing. There were a lot of people that were seasick.

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