British based Fred Olsen cruise line has cancelled the next the next cruise due to a Norovirus outbreak on board.
The Norovirus outbreak is believed to have spread to hundreds of guests on the cruise line’s flagship, Balmoral. Fred Olsen has not revealed the exact number of sick passengers but it is the second time there has been an outbreak in recent months.
Fred Olsen has posted that the 3 night mini-cruise due to depart this Saturday which was supposed to call at Belgium and France has now been cancelled. instead of the cruise it will give time to completely sanitize the vessel and stop passengers from spreading the virus to those boarding for the next voyage.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines regret to announce the cancellation of the above 3 night mini-cruise due to depart this Saturday. All guests have been advised in writing and subject to postal delivery will, by now, be aware of the full refund or cruise transfer options available to them.
The Balmoral is currently on a 11 Nights Scandinavian cruise that departed Southampton, UK on June 9th. The ship is expected back in Southampton as normal on June 20th. Crew members are doing extra cleaning during the voyage and those guests who are sick have been confined to their staterooms for a minimum of 2 days. The Norovirus is known as gastrointestinal illness which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Passengers booked on the next voyage have been offered later voyages in the year including an option to choose a longer itinerary just costing an extra 250 pounds. Cruisers can also refund their cancelled cruise and get a 25 percent credit for a future cruise.
The 43, 537 gross ton Balmoral last had a Norovirus outbreak in May which also affected the itinerary.