Just as Royal Caribbean cruise ships around the world are suspending operations, one is also suffering from a gastrointestinal outbreak in the Caribbean.
Grandeur of the Seas Gastrointestinal Outbreak
The Grandeur of the Seas which is currently on its final cruise before the suspending operations has been hit with a gastrointestinal outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 83 passengers have come down with the bug which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Six crew members have also picked up the sickness which has been confirmed by the CDC as Norovirus. There are no cases of COVID-19 onboard. There are a total of 1,764 passengers and 798 crew members onboard the current sailing.
As a result, the cruise ship has implemented its procedures which include collecting samples for officials, making announcements to keep everyone informed of the outbreak, extra sanitation and more. Guests will also have a staged disembarkation process to limit the spread when the Royal Caribbean cruise ship arrives back to Baltimore on March 19.
There will no doubt be many worried guests onboard especially with the coronavirus spreading around the world including on cruise ship. With the industry in lockdown and operations suspended including Royal Caribbean the following sailing which was scheduled to depart the port on March 19 has already been cancelled.
This also comes as a state of emergency that was recently announced for Maryland and that included the closure of the Port of Baltimore where the cruise terminal is located. No new embarkations are permitted but cruise ships that had already departed before the announcement are being allowed to end as scheduled.
Grandeur of the Seas has also suffered from a coronavirus scare during the 12-day Southern Caribbean voyage. St. Thomas in the US Virgin islands denied the ship to dock after a crew member onboard had visited Japan within the last 14 days. this was done as a precaution and to protect the public in St, Thomas, a popular Caribbean cruise port of call. You can read more about it right here.
Grandeur of the Seas is over 73,900 gross tons and has a guest capacity of over 1,900 at double occupancy.