Just a few days after two Royal Caribbean crewmembers tested positive onboard for influenza A, another possible case of H1N1 virus -- or swine flu -- has emerged.
Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen tells us today that a female crewmember on the line's 102,000-ton, 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory recently came down with flu-like symptoms, and was placed in isolation onboard the ship, per standard health protocols.
At this point, it is unknown whether the H1N1 virus is present. However, when the ship arrived in Barbados this morning, information about the illness and subsequent isolation was provided to local authorities as part of the vessel's entrance and clearance paperwork. Because of this, Gulliksen says local authorities in Barbados screened all guests disembarking the vessel via a questionnaire.
"The process [somewhat delayed] debarkation," Gulliksen tells us, "however, the ship will extend its port call in Barbados until 7:30 p.m. to provide additional time in port."
Carnival Victory is currently sailing a weeklong cruise from San Juan visiting St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts. It sails this itinerary year-round.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor
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