According to an original report published by Cruise Fever, Holland America Line’s ms Veendam experienced a minor Norovirus outbreak on her most recent sailing, which returned to Fort Lauderdale yesterday.
The report states approximately 114 guests, or 9%, as well as 10 crew members, or roughly 1%, experienced Norovirus symptoms during the last sailing.
Multiple samples from passengers and crew have been sent to the CDC for examination. During the sailing, Holland America Line reportedly increased onboard sanitization and requested guests to continue practicing good hygiene while onboard. While the ship was docked in Fort Lauderdale yesterday, an additional cleaning crew was sent aboard to conduct an extensive cleaning and sanitization.
Ms Veendam set sail yesterday on a 22 night Panama Canal crossing to San Diego, California.
Norovirus, while portrayed as a virus only found aboard cruise ships at sea, is one of the most common viruses in the United States. Click here to learn more about this common virus and how to prevent contraction.