January 7, 2003
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norway is the latest ship to succumb to the mighty
-- though obviously diminishing -- Norwalk-style virus. NCL reported that
105 passengers on the 2,200 capacity vessel showed up at the medical center
at some point during Norway’s New Year’s Eve cruise, a seven day Eastern
Caribbean voyage out of Miami.
The ship returned on schedule to Miami last Sunday and set-off on time for
its next voyage.
On its part, Norwegian picked up costs of visiting the onboard medical
center -- though passengers did pay for medication. It also offered those
who had contracted symptoms late in the cruise a free hotel stay if they
weren’t ready to travel home. Those embarking on Sunday’s voyage were
offered a chance to cancel with no penalty; spokeswoman Susan Robison says
there were no takers.
As has been the case with other incidents, there were likely more ill,
according to a passenger we spoke with, than the officially reported
sick-count. But some travelers have been hesitant about reporting to the
medical center as they would likely be asked, on a voluntary basis, to
remain cabin-bound while ill.
The ship is, as a matter of industry policy, is now reporting daily illness
numbers to the Centers for Disease Control and Robison says that, as of
Tuesday morning, just 3 out of 2,200 passengers have reported Norwalk-like