Royal Caribbean Ship Struck by Nearly 50 Cases of Gastro Illness

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Royal Caribbean is battling a mountain of bad news, as one of its ships has now become the site of an illness outbreak. This follows two recent events involving Royal Caribbean excursion accidents, one of which being fatal.

USAToday.com reports that the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship suffered from at least 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness as of Thursday. The ship was on a nine-day voyage from Baltimore to the Caribbean when the illness struck.

Though the cause of the illness is currently unknown, norovirus is suspected. Every year thousands of cruise passengers are struck with this stomach bug, which can produce such symptoms as extreme nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.

Just days ago, Fox News ran a story asking why cruise ships are so prone to outbreaks of norovirus. Despite cruise companies’ efforts to combat the illness, norovirus has proven to be difficult to battle due to its extremely contagious nature and the fact that it can remain active for up to several days after having been cleaned with disinfectant.

In late December, a bus carrying Royal Caribbean passengers in Mexico was struck by a drunk man driving a tractor trailer. 12 people were killed and many more injured in the incident. The following week a boat carrying Royal Caribbean passengers on a scuba excursion sank in Mexico. No one was harmed in that incident.