In a follow-up to last week’s report on the outbreak of a virus-to-be-named-later on Holland America’s Ryndam, there’s good news and, well, there’s bad news.
First, indeed, health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada have determined that the strain, which causes gastrointestinal illness, is the Norwalk Virus. That’s the same “flu-ish” kind of malady -- very, very contagious -- that bedeviled two Princess ships in June.
Now, the bad news. Holland America, in what amounts to a pretty late, last minute decision, yesterday canceled Ryndam’s next departure -- which was slated to leave today from Vancouver. Affected passengers get a full refund, of course, along with what amounts to some pretty paltry discounts on future voyages (20 - 25 percent of what they paid for this trip).
In the meantime, crew on Ryndam will spend the week disinfecting the ship (again); the line says it expects Ryndam to depart as scheduled on August 8.