It was only last month that we reported on passengers and crew being affected by the Norovirus on board the Sea Princess, but it seems we have a bit of déjà vu going on at the minute. On the 19th June there was apparently another outbreak on the Sea Princess where 53 passengers were affected by the highly contagious gastroenteritis infection.
According to the Centres for Disease Control this has been the fourth outbreak since the 10th May 2011 and it’s now said that the federal government is investigating them.
Norovirus is prevented through hand washing, good food preparation and cleaning of infected surfaces. Could this virus be spreading because the passengers are not using the sanitising gel that is available on the ship?
On some ships like Celebrity there is always a crew member making sure that you use the sanitising gel before you board the ship and also before you enter the food courts/restaurants. Maybe this needs to be enforced on all cruise ships to keep the hygiene levels under control and to prevent outbreaks like the Norovirus.
Karen Candy who is the spokeswomen for Princess Cruises said, “In addition to our cleaning procedures, we rely on passengers’ compliance and good hygiene habits and the two of these must work in tandem to eradicate an outbreak.”
On a more positive note Princess Cruises has won 3 prestigious TV awards earning distinction in the Documentary Cinematography and Travel & Tourism categories. Go North is one of ten collectors edition DVDs that are available for purchase on board the Princess ships. This film was directed and produced by Princess Cruises Scott David Martin who is an award winning filmmaker.
Princess executive vice president Jan Swartz said, “‘Go North’ is such a unique look at the history of what made southeast Alaska what it is today, particularly the fascinating legacy of gold rush era,”
Do you think all cruise ships need to up their hygiene levels amongst the passengers and crew? Please share your thoughts with others in the comment box below. You can read more on the Norovirus outbreak here and also their 3 prestigious TV awards here.