An outbreak of norovirus on Fred. Olsen's Balmoral has left more than 200 people ill and about 50 passengers quarantined in their cabins, reports the BBC. With more than 10 percent of the 1,846 people experiencing symptoms, the ship was actually refused entry to the Cape Verde Islands.
Balmoral is currently on an 18-night Canary Islands and West Africa cruise that departed in late January. It's unusual for a ship to be prevented from coming into port because of a norovirus outbreak because any affected people would not be allowed ashore. To make up for the missed port, Fred. Olsen has added an extra port of call to the itinerary.
Passengers confined to their cabins do have a small consolation. The cruise line is compensating passengers, at the daily rate, for days they're not allowed to venture outside their staterooms.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Norovirus Strikes Fred. Olsen's Balmoral
February 7, 2009