Widespread Sickness Cuts Short Royal Caribbean Cruise

More than 600 people apparently infected by norovirus

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With over 600 people having fallen ill on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, company officials have decided that the vessel will return to New Jersey already on Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule.

Representatives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line said Sunday that they were “unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting” due to the widespread sickness.

Test results are expected mid-week, but the symptoms of the outbreak, vomiting and diarrhea, are consistent with the highly contagious norovirus, the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.

[NBC]

11 comments
MichaelMartin-Smith
MichaelMartin-Smith

It would be opportune now to try to R & D a vaccine against Norovirus,. and  Salmonella . This latter costs the USA  alone  at least $2 billion per year, not to mention immense human suffering among certain groups. These problems are, of course, global...

Immunology research being carried out by the Arizona Institute of Biomedicine  Dr Cheryl Nickerson)  on board the International Space Station are also  uncovering  weaknesses in the metabolism of Bacterial cell membranes especially Salmonella  which could lead to better and more generic vaccines.

Much of this is now possible because Commercial space transport on board the Space X Dragon (which alone can launch AND recover significant payloads, now that Shuttle is retired), so that such work could become much less expensive and irregular in coming years.

 Malaria, Bubonic Plague and Ebola Virus are far more deadly, and also pose problems in effective vaccine research .

It is an interesting thought that, if Space Research leads to effective vaccination against even one of these horrors, the entire cost of the human space programme since its inception would prove well worth while...

Opponents of the ISS and Space Research in general may learn from Sir  Arthur C Clarke's short story in which a leading anti-Space Senator developed a heart condition which was only treatable by a spell on board a Space Station - he rapidly changed his stance and became an outspoken proponent of Space development!

 Maybe Nature will imitate Art?



Read more: Explorer of the Seas: Virus Cuts Cruise Short | TIME.com http://nation.time.com/2014/01/27/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-home-early/#ixzz2ri3q3qqB

MichaelMartin-Smith
MichaelMartin-Smith

It would be opportune now to try to R & D a vaccine against Norovirus,. and  Salmonella . This latter costs the USA  alone  at least $2 billion per year, not to mention immense human suffering among certain groups. These problems are, of course, global...

Immunology research being carried out by the Arizona Institute of Biomedicine  Dr Cheryl Nickerson)  on board the International Space Station are also  uncovering  weaknesses in the metabolism of Bacterial cell membranes especially Salmonella  which could lead to better and more generic vaccines.

Much of this is now possible because Commercial space transport on board the Space X Dragon (which alone can launch AND recover significant payloads, now that Shuttle is retired), so that such work could become much less expensive and irregular in coming years.

 Malaria, Bubonic Plague and Ebola Virus are far more deadly, and also pose problems in effective vaccine research .

It is an interesting thought that, if Space Research leads to effective vaccination against even one of these horrors, the entire cost of the human space programme since its inception would prove well worth while...

Opponents of the ISS and Space Research in general may learn from Sir  Arthur C Clarke's short story in which a leading anti-Space Senator developed a heart condition which was only treatable by a spell on board a Space Station - he rapidly changed his stance and became an outspoken proponent of Space development!

 Maybe Nature will imitate Art?

fftest
fftest

My wife had to be hospitalized with similar symptons during December 2012 cruise on the Explorer. I also got sick. Royal Caribbean would not reimburse us for 3 days we lost or comp us on a future cruise (which would not be the Explorer).

Hope those involved have a nice class action suit.

fftest
fftest

My wife and I, along with several other passengers and a bunch of crew members had similar symptoms during our December 2012 cruise on the Explorer. That was about our fifth time cruising on the Explorer and until this last time had no problems. Their sick bay did not have the proper equipment to diagnose my wife. I had to drop her off at our hospital when we arived in NJ. We lost at least 3 days of satisfactory cruising, but Explorer and Royal Caribbean refused to reimburse or comp us on a future cruise.

We vowed never to take the Explorer again. Hope all involved have a nice class action suit.

HideoGump
HideoGump

Explorer of the Seas?  How about "Explorer of Disease."

sloane100
sloane100

This is exactly why I will never ever take a vacation on one of these floating toilets.

CarolSamaras-Marelli
CarolSamaras-Marelli

@fftest  I love the Explorer, been on it many times and its wonderful. Unfortunately a passenger brought the virus on board and passed it around. Yes...its terrible and I feel bad for all those affected. But my question to you is why should anyone have a class action suit against the cruise liner. I think its ridiculous that some people are always looking to sue to make a buck. Come on...really?

Noah42
Noah42

@fftest 

Yeah right... best of luck on that one. Check the cruise contract before boarding.

Better to sue their fellow passengers who practice little or no personal bathroom hygiene onboard ship. They're the ones responsible

Beeb
Beeb

@sloane100  CRUISING IS FUN AND VERY RARELY DO MANY GET SICK.  THERE IS BUG NOW AND IT WILL BE CLEANED UP.  I PASSED OUT ALL OVER THE SHIP AND WE ARE GOING BACK.  YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS MISSING OUT ON A REALLY GREAT TIME. UNFORTUNATELY I MISSED SOME OF THE GOOD TIMES ON THE LAST TRIP(TO CELEBRATE OUR 25TH ANNIV) BUT WE GOING BACK TO CELEBRATE OUR 26TH.

CRUISING IS FUN AND A GREAT VALUE.  I PREFER NOT TO FLY AND TAKING THIS SHIP FROM BAYONNE IS GREAT.  WE LIVE ABOUT 35 MINIIUTES AWAY. AMY

Openminded1
Openminded1

@sloane100 I have been on 21 cruises with family never had a bad cruise in the past 19 years. There has been more of these issues lately I will admit. The problem is becoming a major issue for all the cruse lines. To bad great vacation value some beautiful ships.

MichaelMartin-Smith
MichaelMartin-Smith

@Beeb

It would be opportune now to try to R & D a vaccine against Norovirus,. and  Salmonella . This latter costs the USA  alone  at least $2 billion per year, not to mention immense human suffering among certain groups. These problems are, of course, global...

Immunology research being carried out by the Arizona Institute of Biomedicine  Dr Cheryl Nickerson)  on board the International Space Station are also  uncovering  weaknesses in the metabolism of Bacterial cell membranes especially Salmonella  which could lead to better and more generic vaccines.

Much of this is now possible because Commercial space transport on board the Space X Dragon (which alone can launch AND recover significant payloads, now that Shuttle is retired), so that such work could become much less expensive and irregular in coming years.

 Malaria, Bubonic Plague and Ebola Virus are far more deadly, and also pose problems in effective vaccine research .

It is an interesting thought that, if Space Research leads to effective vaccination against even one of these horrors, the entire cost of the human space programme since its inception would prove well worth while...

Opponents of the ISS and Space Research in general may learn from Sir  Arthur C Clarke's short story in which a leading anti-Space Senator developed a heart condition which was only treatable by a spell on board a Space Station - he rapidly changed his stance and became an outspoken proponent of Space development!

 Maybe Nature will imitate Art?



Read more: Explorer of the Seas: Virus Cuts Cruise Short | TIME.com http://nation.time.com/2014/01/27/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-home-early/#ixzz2ri3q3qqB


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