Ruby Princess the centre of another royal mess with gastro outbreak

Sydney Australia - January 13, 2020: Ocean liner Ruby Princess in Sydney Harbour. This ship is at the centre of controversy as the early departure of guests when it docked in March 2020 was allegedly the cause of a large Corona outbreak in Sydney.

At least two-hundred and nineteen passengers have been struck down on the Ruby Princess with gastrointestinal illness, as reported in Cruise Law News on Sunday.

According to CLN: 199 of 2,881 (6.61 per cent) of the passengers reported ill during the cruise, as did 20 of 1,159 (1.73 per cent) of the crew members aboard the Princess Cruises liner.

The Ruby Princess returned from its voyage to the Caribbean to Galveston, Texas on Sunday, March 5 2023 and disembarkation delayed as U.S. epidemiologists and environmental health officers boarded the ship to investigate the causative agent.

The unfortunate circumstance is the second major outbreak to plauge the Ruby Princess in reason times. The liner is the notorious site of a major outbreak early on in the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

At least 900 passengers and crew later tested positive for COVID-19, and 28 people died and infected passengers were allowed to disembark.

It is reported that this time ship’s crew acted swiftly in response to the the outbreak according per its outbreak prevention and response plan.

According to Cruise Hive,  Princess Cruises have sent the following message to guests booked on the next Ruby Princess cruise:

“Please be advised that embarkation for your Ruby Princess cruise has been delayed. During the current cruise, there were elevated case counts of gastrointestinal illness among guests. A comprehensive sanitation program was launched in response, and Ruby Princess underwent prolonged disinfection in Galveston on Sunday, March 5, 2023.”

Since the delay the Ruby Princess has since set sail on her her seven Western Caribbean and Mexico cruise.

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