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The Holland America cruise ship Volendam recently suffered a norovirus outbreak, which sickened several dozen passengers.

According to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 68 passengers and 1 crew member were sickened on the ship’s sailing from July 12 – July 19. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness which can cause extreme cases of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Norovirus has been known to be resistant to disinfectants, and one study showed that the virus can remain active for up to several weeks after having been treated with disinfectants. This is an important point because many cruise companies’ primary line of defense against norovirus outbreaks is to do a “deep clean” of the ship and disinfect it, hoping to kill or remove every trace of the virus in the process.

Because cruise companies often disembark one group of passengers in the morning, and load the next group on in the afternoon, it is common for the second group to become sickened if the first group had experienced a norovirus outbreak.

Perhaps most disturbing is that norovirus is found in the vomit and stool of infected people, and is primarily spread by person to person contact.


Passengers are often injured aboard cruise ships. These injuries can stem from any number of reasons, including preexisting medical conditions, slip-and-fall, and injuries incurred while interacting with the numerous attractions aboard the cruise ship itself.

Over the years, the cruise industry has come under significant criticism for its policy of putting profits over passengers. This practice has resulted in the companies’ customers suffering from a wide variety of onboard injuries, including:

  • Severed fingers in cruise ship doors
  • Slip-and-fall injuries
  • Drownings and near drownings
  • Cruise ship rape and sexual assault
  • Cruise members injured and killed in training drills
  • Cruise ship medical malpractice leading to further injury

In addition to the injuries which may be suffered on the cruise ship, a number of passengers are injured and killed every year while on excursion, due to causes such as:

  • Violence from locals
  • Car crashes
  • Sexual assault perpetrated by the tour operators
  • Injuries relating to improper safety measures taken by the tour operators

If you, or your loved one, are ever the victim of a cruise related injury, contact our law office immediately to discuss your case and to learn your legal options.



Cruise companies seem to only attract significant national attention when something goes wrong. But the fact is that every day aboard cruise ships passengers fall ill due to outbreaks, are injured in slip-and-falls, suffer from sexual assault, and suffer from myriad other cruise ship related injuries. In addition to this, every year approximately 2 dozen people go missing from cruise ships, most never to be seen or heard from again.

The most significant cruise ship related story in recent years was the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. This terrible disaster left nearly three dozen people dead, and many more injured. Two American citizens were among those killed when the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy in January 2012.

Another cruise ship related incident which attracted significant national media attention was the 2013 fire aboard the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which caused the vessel to lose almost all power and become adrift at sea. The cruise voyage was nicknamed the “poop cruise” because, without power, the ship’s plumbing was not operational, causing passengers to improvise when relieving themselves.

In the video clip below, cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses the Carnival Triumph incident.