Investigation launched after 300 passengers fall ill on cruise ship

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By Harry Kemble
10/03/2023
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Health chiefs are investigating after more than 300 people fell ill during a Caribbean sailing of Princess Cruises’ ship Ruby Princess.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 284 passengers and 34 crew reported being ill during a Western Caribbean sailing between 26 February and 5 March.

The predominant symptoms were vomiting and diarrhoea.

The CDC launched its investigation into the gastrointestinal illness outbreak when the ship returned to its homeport in Galveston, Texas, on 5 March.  

Princess said the outbreak was likely to be norovirus.

What is norovirus and how do you prevent it? Find out more from health experts here.

Passengers on the next cruise were told of the outbreak as they embarked the ship on 5 March.  In a statement, Princess Cruises said: “Onboard the 26 February sailing of Ruby Princess, there were a number of cases of mild gastrointestinal illness among passengers. The cause likely is the common, but contagious, virus called norovirus.

“At the first sign of an increase in the numbers of passengers reporting to the medical centre with gastrointestinal illness, we immediately initiated additional enhanced sanitisation procedures to interrupt the person-to-person spread of this virus.”

The CDC website says the outbreak on Ruby Princess is the fourth outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness on a cruise this year.

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