Travel woes recently were increased after a report of illness on a popular cruise ship. A “Radiance of the Seas” cruise ship returned after six days at sea on a bad note when a number of guests became ill with what the company is calling a “gastrointestinal illness.” One of the guests reported to MyFox.com that nobody wants to know the details because it is horrible. She and her sister both came down with the illness and despite getting sick, they disclosed that the cruise ship company did an excellent job handling the situation. Passengers reported that the crew handled the illnesses very professionally. After a slight outbreak of illness, the cruise ship needed to be thoroughly cleaned, which meant a five-hour delay for individuals expecting to go out on the next cruise.
The cruise ship released a statement stated that the ship was undergoing “enhanced sanitation,” which delayed the next ship’s departure. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship was the first cruise outbreak of 2011 and the causative agent is still unknown. 150 passengers of 2336 on board reported being ill during the voyage and three of the 851 crew reported being ill. The predominant symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting. Last year, eight cruise ships had illness outbreaks on board due to Norovirus; several more were unknown.
Information about cruise line outbreaks since 1994 is available at the Center for Disease Control’s website on outbreak updates.
More information about the Radiance of the Seas voyage where passengers became ill is available at MyFox.com.