December 6, 2002
Carnival’s Fascination returned to port this morning in Miami with just a
handful of passengers reporting symptoms of Norwalk Virus. The illness
plagued some 200 on Fascination’s previous cruise. According to a Carnival
report to the Centers for Disease Control, Fascination’s latest voyage
showed a dozen out of 2,040 passengers, and 12 crew out of 900 staffers,
suffered from gastrointestinal illness.
Carnival will not scrub today’s scheduled departure but “is continuing its
stepped up cleaning and sanitizing efforts,” according to a statement. The
cruise line will also continue offering guests scheduled for departure
(today in this case) a refund or future credit if they opt not to sail.