Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ends Early Due To Norovirus Outbreak

Grandeur of the Seas
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Grandeur of the Seas has had its cruise cut short due to a Norovirus outbreak which has made over 200 people sick onboard.

The cruise ship which is operated by Royal Caribbean arrived back in it’s homeport of Baltimore, Maryland one day early due to the outbreak. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) 198 out of 1,948 passengers became sick along with 9 out of 786 crew members. The main symptoms of the outbreak which is also known as gastrointestinal illness caused vomiting and diarrhea.

Two health officials from the CDC did board the 73,800 ton vessel while it made a port of call at Falmouth, Jamaica on January 30th. The officials took samples of the sickness and did an investigation into how it spread onboard. The cruise lines response was also looked at to make sure sanitation procedures were being put into place. Once the vessel arrives at its homeport the crew will do extra sanitation so the next scheduled cruise wont be affected.

The cruise ship skipped the port of Labadee, Haiti which was the last scheduled port visit of the voyage. Grandeur of the Seas set sail from Baltimore on a 10-night western Caribbean cruise including calls at Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica and stop at Labadee, Haiti which never took place.

In addition to the Norovirus outbreak there was also a medical emergency. Royal Caribbean stated that due to strong winds and rough seas the passenger was unable to be transferred to a boat so the cruise ship increased it’s speed so an on land Hospital could be reached as quickly as possible.

Grandeur of the Seas has had a Norovirus outbreak before in April 2014 when over 100 passengers became sick. Grandeur of the Seas may be Royal Caribbeans unluckiest ship as there was also a major fire outbreak damaging several parts of the ships aft.