Cruise

Norovirus reported on Sun Princess in Brisbane

Hannah Edensor

Princess Cruises’ cruise liner, Sun Princess, has been hit with another norovirus outbreak, affecting at least 91 passengers.

The ship, per Daily Mail, docked in Brisbane yesterday morning, where the affected people were treated for the gastro virus.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a Queensland Health spokesman confirmed the outbreak.

“Metro North Public Health Unit is aware of at least 91 cases of gastro on board a cruise ship that berthed in Brisbane this morning,” they told DM.

“We have been advised that on-board testing has found norovirus to be the cause of the illness.”

A spokesperson from Princess Cruises told TW, “Princess Cruises confirmed some passengers on board Sun Princess’ recent cruise to the South Pacific reported norovirus symptoms.

“Consistent with current public health alerts that norovirus and influenza are widespread in the general community in Australia’s eastern states, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, proactive and successful steps were taken on board Sun Princess to limit any spread of the illness.

“The first case was reported on day one of the previous cruise suggesting the illness was introduced to the ship during embarkation in Brisbane.

“Out of an abundance of caution in the light of the public health alerts, deep cleansing was conducted on the ship and in the terminal for the ship’s turnaround in Brisbane yesterday.”

It’s the third outbreak on the Sun Princess this year alone, after it copped two bouts in February this year, two weeks apart.

On February 2, the cruise ship docked in Brisbane after a gastro outbreak was reported toward the end of a 12-day trip to Papua New Guinea, affecting around 90 cruisers.

Two weeks later, around 140 cases were reported aboard the ship after a 14-day round-trip from Brisbane around New Zealand.

Per the ABCpassengers struck down with the virus during a 10-day cruise of the South Pacific suffered diarrhoea and vomiting, among other symptoms.

The Sun Princess can carry as many as 2,010 passengers and 924 crew.

 

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