Published on : Monday, May 9, 2016
More than 200 passengers fell ill by an attack of norovirus facing severe gastrointestinal condition. The ship was carrying 252 passengers out of which 919 passengers fell ill. Eight of the 520 crew members are down with norovirus.
Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Balmoral is the newest and largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet.
The Cruise line has increased its disinfection procedures and has collected stool specimens from passengers. Public health and sanitation have both been stepped up.
Employees boarded the ship when it arrived in Baltimore April 30 to conduct an environmental health assessment, the agency reported on its website. In a press release on Apr 29, 2016 stated that illness has affected a number of guests on board its 34-night L1608 ‘Old England to New England’ cruise, which departed from Southampton on 16th April 2016. There are currently just seven guests in isolation, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board, and the incidences have substantially reduced. There are two US nationals on board this cruise, with the majority of guests being from the UK.
Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities, as Balmoral continues on her cruise, and will continue to make every effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount importance. Fred. Olsen exceeds the requirements of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in that it isolates its guests in their rooms for 48 hours, instead of the 24 hours required by the CDC.
The number of affected has obviously increased and the ship stopped at Portand Maine and was the first ship to visit Portland this year. The Portland mayor was quoted saying as he welcomed the passengers that He could actually see people wiping things out constantly from elevators. A highly communicable disease the virus belongs to the Caliciviridae family. This usually takes place by ingesting the infectious virions which grow in the small intestine before being expelled in feces. More than 19 million to 21 million illnesses are reported every year according to the CDC. The virus flourishes mostly in crowded environments such as nursing homes, day care centers and cruise ships.