Norovirus Hits 2 Cruise Ships

Including the Queen Mary 2

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2012 2:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Norovirus outbreaks have struck two luxury cruise ships, including the famous Queen Mary 2, ABC News reports. While Cunard, the company that owns the Queen Mary 2, says that only 19 people have "active symptoms" today, the CDC says that 194 passengers and 11 crew have been reported ill during the voyage. The story is much the same on the Emerald Princess, where 166 passengers and 30 crew have fallen ill.

The Emerald Princess is currently docked in Florida, while the Queen Mary 2 is in St. Lucia, in the middle of a 12-day round-trip Caribbean jaunt out of New York. One Queen Mary passenger reports that throughout the outbreak the ship's restaurants were full, but that the captain advised passengers to avoid the buffet, and ordered anyone who was ill to remain in their cabins.

The transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 sails into in the harbor of Monaco, Thursday, April 14 , 2011.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
The transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 sails into the harbor of Monaco, Thursday, April 14 , 2011.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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