Gastro Outbreak on board Ovation of the Seas

Illustration; Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbean

Over 190 cruise passengers have been struck down by gastrointestinal illness during a two-week cruise on board the Ovation of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International.

The cruise liner said that the ship finishing a 14-night repositioning cruise as over those two weeks, 195 cases of gastro were reported – representing 3.35 percent of the guests and crew onboard.

“Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication, and we hope all our guests feel better quickly,” a company statement reads.

The 2016-built cruise ship arrived today in Hobart, capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, where the local health authorities were contacted for assistance.

The cruise ship was using established medical and infection control protocols to manage ill passengers and limit the spread of infection, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Service informed.

These have included “intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of any further issues”, according to Royal Caribbean.

“It is not uncommon for ships that carry large numbers of passengers and crew – in this case more than 5,000 – to experience a level of illness very similar to that of the normal population,Director of Tasmania’s Public Health Dr. Mark Veitch said.

“Outbreaks of highly infectious conditions such as gastro and respiratory illness can also occur in cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-sized town mixes closely together.

“The ship informed us that a small number of passengers who were likely to require transfer to hospital for medical conditions not necessarily linked to gastroenteritis.

“Again, it is common for cruise ships to request additional medical assistance for more seriously ill passengers.”

Veitch said a total of five passengers received treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Royal Caribbean said that upon arrival into port in Sydney, the ship and terminal will be “comprehensively sanitized and cleansed to help prevent the spread of illness, resulting in a delay to boarding for new guests.”

The ship, carrying 5,824 passengers and crew on board, departed Singapore on November 23.

Based on its latest AIS data, the ship left Hobart and it is underway using engine in the Tasmanian Sea.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

Over the past few years, maritime intelligence gathering and ISR capabilities have returned to the forefront of the defence industry…

read more >

BWMTech

Clarify regulations. Plan BWMS integration. Prevent operational failure…

read more >

Mega Cargo Show 2018

The focus of the event is to bring all connected with cargo fraternity on a single platform…

read more >

Vietship 2018

Vietship is the largest and longest established exhibition in Vietnam featuring all aspect of Shipbuilding, Shipping and Offshore Technology.

Since its first event in 2002, Vietship has become the convergence and platform of advanced technologies regional and worldwide in shipbuilding and ship repair, marine equipment, waterway transportation and services, marine and offshore engineering.

After 16 years of eight consecutive editions, Vietship has affirm itself as an important event in enhancing cooperation and development, attracting investments, exchanging technology and creating ideal opportunities for trade promotion in the international maritime industry.

More info

read more >