What Cruise Ship Has Sick Passengers?

By Alice Nichols

What Cruise Ship Has Sick Passengers?

As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, cruise ships have been among those affected by the virus. A recent example is the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship which has been quarantined in Japan due to an outbreak of the virus on board. The vessel has been docked at Yokohama since February 3rd and more than 600 people on board have tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak of this virus on a cruise ship is not an isolated incident. Last year, more than 200 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas fell ill with norovirus, leading to a two-day voyage delay and itinerary changes. Similarly, Carnival Cruise Line had reported multiple outbreaks of norovirus over several months in 2017 and 2018.

The outbreaks can occur due to many factors such as overcrowding, inadequate hygiene and sanitation facilities, poor ventilation and air circulation or contact between passengers or crew members who are infected with the virus. Public health experts have warned that cruise ships can be dangerous places for spreading infectious diseases due to their close quarters and shared amenities.

To help prevent such outbreaks from occurring in the future, cruise lines need to take proactive steps to ensure that their vessels are properly sanitized and maintained. This includes ensuring that all areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected, providing adequate ventilation systems for proper air circulation and ensuring that all crew members are adequately trained in proper food handling practices as well as other preventive measures designed to protect passengers’ health.

In addition, passengers should also take precautions when boarding a cruise ship by making sure they practice good hygiene habits such as washing their hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when soap is not available. Additionally, they should avoid sharing personal items such as towels or drinking glasses with others on board and always use caution when touching surfaces that may be contaminated with germs or bacteria.

Overall, it is clear that despite precautions taken by both passengers and cruise lines alike, outbreaks like those seen on board Diamond Princess can still occur given the close quarters environment of these vessels. It is thus important for both parties to remain vigilant about preventing any further spread of infectious diseases aboard ships in order to keep everyone safe during their voyage.

Conclusion: The recent outbreak of coronavirus on board Diamond Princess has highlighted how easily infectious diseases can spread in confined spaces like cruise ships if proper preventive measures are not taken. To help prevent future outbreaks from occurring, it is essential for both passengers and cruise lines alike to take proactive steps such as regularly cleaning surfaces, providing adequate ventilation systems, practicing good hygiene habits and avoiding sharing personal items among others on board.