Norovirus Hits 2 Cruise Ships
Including the Queen Mary 2
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2012 2:30 PM CST
The transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 sails into in the harbor of Monaco, Thursday, April 14 , 2011.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

(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.

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Dec 29, 2012 10:50 PM CST
Another disease caused by fecal matter coming in contact with food that causes the hapless victim to shit themselves relentlessly. The only thing I ever hear from people who have been on a cruise is about the food. You sleep in a closet called a stateroom and go from buffet to buffet to formal dinner to late night buffet. No thanks
Dec 29, 2012 11:05 AM CST
If you've ever taken a cruise, you know they're a lot of fun and a great bargain. Taking common sense precautions like washing your hands often, avoiding touching your nose/mouth and thoroughly washing any fruits can largely prevent incidents such as this.
Dec 29, 2012 8:05 AM CST
hope they all sue and win big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!