Princess Cruise docks at Brisbane as 200 passengers fall ill

Published on : Thursday, January 4, 2018

princess-cruises-golden-princess-exterior-02-galleryAccording to media reports, the Princess Cruise vessel anchored in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday morning after around 200 passengers suffered from a norovirus outbreak.

The Sea Princess ship was nearly finished with a two-week round trip between Brisbane and New Zealand.

“Around 200 people were believed to have been infected with the virus,” a Queensland Health spokesperson told the outlet, confirming norovirus as the cause of the illness. “Appropriate sanitation procedures and outbreak control measures have been implemented and the vessel is expected to undergo further comprehensive cleaning while in Brisbane.”

One passenger, Helen Perry, said that amid the ordeal, she was even quarantined in her cabin for 60 hours after coming down with the illness, during which time she was given crackers and soda. She also said the cruise’s crew sanitized her room twice per day while she was isolated.

For their part, Princess Cruises told passengers via email that they are “carrying out a comprehensive sanitation program in coordination with several international public health authorities,” in addition to coordinating for the ship to receive an additional disinfection.

Moving forward, transportation lawyer David Adams said that sick passengers could be entitled to compensation for the incident.

“If passengers will lose wages or will incur any unexpected costs as a result of the outbreak, they shouldn’t be forced to wear these and should be reimbursed by the operator,” he added.

“Guests embarking Sea Princess in Brisbane, Australia yesterday were notified of a delay in boarding arrangements at Portside Cruise Terminal for the ship’s turnaround,” a company spokesperson said. “This enabled increased precautionary sanitation of the ship and terminal following the just completed cruise which saw an elevated number of guests reporting gastrointestinal symptoms confirmed as being due to norovirus.”

“Proactive steps taken on board during the cruise reduced the number of new cases being reported and guests were also thanked for adhering to sound health guidelines including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer dispensers,” they added.

Sea Princess’ completed cruise with 2,130 guests was a 14-day itinerary from Brisbane to New Zealand destinations. The new cruise began yesterday is also to New Zealand on a similar itinerary.

The fares for the 14-day New Zealand cruise range from $2,000 to $6,600 per person. The Sea Princess can hold up to 2,000 guests.


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