According to a report from Cruise Critic, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will delay her next departure for extensive cleaning after reports of norovirus affecting a number of passengers and crew.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that roughly 9% of guests, or 281 guests, and 1%, or 22 crew members, are experiencing symptoms linked to norovirus. The CDC states the most common symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Additional symptoms include a fever, body aches, and headaches.
Due to the percentage of guests and crew experiencing these norovirus symptoms, Royal Caribbean has opted to delay the Explorer of the Sea’s January 31st from Bayonne, New Jersey. During the delay, the ship will undergo extensive cleaning and sanitation. Cruise Currents has reached out to Royal Caribbean for an update on the Explorer’s revised departure time.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can be contracted in most public places. Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States and is responsible for 19-21 million illnesses each year. The CDC advises the public to practice good hand washing habits and general cleanliness to avoid contracting and spreading norovirus.