For our golden wedding celebration, we recently took our holiday of a lifetime 14night cruise around NZ on the Voyager of the Seas. From the start it was an amazing experience and we were delighted with the service, the dining room, the cleanliness, nothing more we could have desired. About the 12th day some passengers developed nasty coughs which was not pleasant in the dining room. A lot of people were absent from the dining room, one could only assume from illness. The couple at next table got very sick with high temps, sweats,coughing, unable to eat. On the morning we disembarked at Sydney (last Saturday) a lady we had befriended sat with us for breakfast as her husband was sick in the cabin. She was worried as they had been told at least four people had died on board, the first death being the reason we were delayed several hours before leaving Sydney and was an old person who suffered a heart attack, a completely natural death. She had been told an unknown number of people had been hospitalised on the ship due to viral pneumonia. As we went through Immigration warnings were being broadcast that should any passengers become ill with fevers in the next week, they should seek immediate medical advice. My husband became ill the following day with fever, widespread body pain, coughing, sneezing, headache and went immediately to GP Monday morning. It was diagnosed as viral and he was sent to bed for a week, being told it would worsen. Next day I started coughing and in the night had difficulty in breathing and was admitted to hospital with a near-fatal asthma attack resulting from a viral infection in my lungs. This has been a very difficult week and it is going to take weeks for me to recover on steroids, antibiotics, etc. our beautiful cruise will always be a sweet memory but we will NEVER CRUISE AGAIN. We had planned on doing a cruise with our children and grandchildren in the future, but would not expose ourselves to such risk again. I am at home today but will now have to be under the care of a lung specialist for remainder of my life.