Norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship: 200 passengers contracted it and it is the third episode so far this year

A cruise ship that departed from Bayonne, United States, had nearly 200 cases of severe gastrointestinal illness that is transmitted through food. It is not the only episode: it is already the third outbreak that occurs on Celebrity Cruises.

In the latter case, the ship, which was traveling to the Bermuda Islands with intermediate stops in South Carolina, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, had 2,144 passengers and 963 crew members on board. Of them, almost 10 percent got sick from norovirus.

This virus is the leading cause of vomiting, diarrhea, and foodborne illness in the United States. According to information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people of all ages can become infected and sick with this virus, “which spreads very easily and quickly.”

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In this case, the norovirus affected 152 passengers and 25 crew members who had experienced diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and headaches during the tour.

Given this, Celebrity Cruises increased its cleaning operations, sent stool samples to the CDC laboratory and encouraged the habit of hand washing among guests.

“The health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit are our top priority,” a company spokesperson told

“To maintain the highest levels of health aboard our ships, we implement rigorous safety and cleaning procedures, many of which far exceed public health guidelines. Combined, these efforts allow us to maintain some of the lowest levels of community spread.”

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It is It is the third norovirus outbreak on a Celebrity Cruise this year: another cruise ship, the Celebrity Constellation, had an outbreak between March 6 and 17; and the Celebrity Equinox from March 9-18.

Approximately five percent of all members on board became ill on the Constellation, with vomiting and diarrhea. The Celebrity Equinox had a similar outbreak with many passengers affected.

It’s also a common virus on cruise ships: There have been 12 norovirus outbreaks on various cruise lines, including Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean since early 2023, according to the CDC.

What is norovirus, the “vomiting virus”

Most infections occur by coming into contact with sick people or contaminated surfaces, or by consuming contaminated food and drink.

According to experts, it is easily spread by contact with sick people or contaminated surfaces and causes vomiting and diarrhea, although its effects usually wear off in a few days.

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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is known that the average incubation of norovirus is 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus. However, those who become infected get better within one to three days after contracting the infection.

Signs and symptoms of norovirus listed by the CDC include: dasked, vomits, nauseas, dstomach odor, fJews, dhead odor, dbody odorand in some cases, it can cause inflammation of the stomach or intestine, also known as acute gastroenteritis.

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2023-06-07 22:40:52
Norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship: 200 passengers contracted it and it is the third episode so far this year

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