The CDC reported today, April 29, that a the Balmoral, a United Kingdom cruise ship operated by Fred Olsen has been quarantined in Virginia due to an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus. However a statement released by Fred Olsen denies this to be true saying that a number of guests are in isolation. Eturbonews broke the news saying that the CDC has confined the ship it the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at Nauticus in Norfolk, due to an outbreak of norovirus. There are reports of 153 passengers and six crew members out of the 917 passengers on board, who have experienced symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Although the cruise line issued a statement minutes ago that only seven passengers are currently in isolation in their staterooms. As is always the case in such incidents, the CDC reports that the crew is working to clean up the vessel with disinfectants. They are also collecting stool specimens from the passengers and crew to determine the cause of the outbreak. The protocol is to also report all cases to the VSP and dispatch a sanitation manager from the cruise line corporate office to oversee and assist with implementation of the sanitation and outbreak response procedures
The latest details, released by Sapy News said that the ship was on a 34-night England to New England’ cruise, which departed from Southampton on April 16,2016. Sapy also said that the identical ship had a norovirus outbreak in 2010, with 293 reported sicknesses then. Norovirus, a extremely contagious virus, causes abdominal ache, nausea and diarrhea. The CDC has listed a number of ideas on its web site for stopping an infection.
The 1,350-passenger Balmoral, the newest member of the Fred Olsen fleet, is named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. The on board amenities include a range of dining venues, bars, a pub, a spa, cabaret and shows and the usual passenger comforts.