CruiseNewser reports that an outbreak of highly contagious norovirus on board Princess cruise ship has affected 3 % of the passengers. At least 104 of the 3,100 guests on board Crown Princess and 25 crew members have been suffering gastrointestinal problems.
The spokeswoman with Princess Cruises, Karen Candy, informed about the outbreak on Thursday. According to her, at the moment of the statement less than 15 passengers were still suffering gastrointestinal disease symptoms. The cruise line did not plan to end the voyage earlier than it is scheduled. Currently, the ship is on а 7-day voyage calling San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and ending in Los Angeles on Saturday. At least 50 passengers have been quarantined in their cabins because they might be still contagious. The Princess Cruises spokeswoman said that anyone can voluntary disembark the Crown Princess at the ports of call. On Thursday, while docked in San Diego, the cruise ship was cleaned intensively.
The cruise line has already sent information about the norovirus to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cruise lines are obligated to inform the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding any outbreak which affects over 2 per cent of its guests.
The last known big norovirus outbreak dates from January this year when nearly 700 guests on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (Explorer of the Seas) suffered gastrointestinal disease. The cruise line canceled the voyage and the ship was sent back to Bayonne.
Crown Princess (IMO number 9293399, MMSI 310500000) is a 113,561-ton passenger vessel registered in Bermuda. The ship was built in 2006 and has capacity for 3,080 passengers. Current position of Crown Princess.