In the meantime, crew on Ryndam scoured the ship and passengers on the new voyage -- the ship was given permission to depart as scheduled -- have been alerted to the need to follow even more stringent safety precautions (such as frequent hand washing). Onboard, the only real difference passengers might notice is that they can no longer serve themselves in the buffet line; crew instead will wield serving utensils. “We are aggressively educating passengers about the symptoms and encouraging them to come to the infirmary free of charge,” says Holland America's Erik Elvejord.
Harb says at this point no other ships are reporting a significant blip in illnesses onboard and that indeed, life on Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess is back to normal. He does say -- both on land and at sea -- that this summer, outbreaks of Norwalk Virus have been higher than in previous years.