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Swine Flu Update: Pullmantur Cruise Ship Quarantined

June 19, 2009
(1 p.m.) -- Officials from Aruba Cruise Tourism are reporting that Pullmantur's Ocean Dream, the Spanish cruise ship with three confirmed cases of swine flu among its crew, has been quarantined. It will remain docked in Aruba until at least Tuesday, when health officials will conduct a sweep of the vessel to determine whether or not the quarantine can be lifted.

Pullmantur could not be reached to provide information on the ship's next sailing, which was scheduled to depart today. Jonathan Boekhoudt, public relations officer for Aruba Cruise Tourism, tells us that Pullmantur has said passengers scheduled to sail on Ocean Dream's next cruise will be put up at a nearby resort until further notice.

No passengers have or are suspected to have swine flu, officially known as the H1N1 virus, and those whose cruise ended earlier today in Aruba have been cleared to disembark. The three crewmembers with confirmed cases remain in quarantine.

Stay tuned.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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