Crown Princess is now on it’s way back home to Fort Lauderdale after 114 and 59 crew have become infected with Norovirus. This is the second infection in 2 weeks for the Crown Princess. Princess released a stement today reading…
“The 113,000-ton, 3,080-passenger ship will return to its Fort Lauderdale homeport on Thursday instead of Saturday, where it will undergo two days of sanitization in consultation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
“We will be bringing aboard additional cleaning crew to assist with a thorough sanitization of all public spaces and surfaces including soft furnishing and carpets, railings, door handles and the like. Additionally, once all of the passengers have disembarked on Thursday morning, all bed linens and towels will be removed from every stateroom. The staterooms will be sanitized multiple times before making up the rooms with fresh linens and towels on Saturday morning, just prior to passenger embarkation.”
Impacted passengers will receive full refunds for the cruise, flights home, coverage of change fees if air was not booked through Princess, hotel accommodation if necessary and a 25 percent future cruise credit.
On Crown’s last cruise, 364 passengers and 30 crew were also infected with the same virus. When Crown returned to Port Everglades this past Saturday she departed around 5 hours later than scheduled after undergoing a minor clean up to further prevent the spread of the virus. Obviously that didn’t work. This is now the 4th report of a Norovirus outbreak this week along with Ruby Princess and Voyager of the Seas. Let’s hope Princess can clean this ship thoroughly the second time around.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH UPDATE: The Crown Princess has now returned to Port Everglades and will soon begin to disembark passengers. The Crown Princess will then begin it’s 2 day full ship scrub-down under the supervision of the CDC. She will depart on her next cruise on Saturday, February 11th.