Regal Princess Gets Okay To Sail

September 4, 2003
Regal Princess, whose much-reported battle with Norovirus resulted in an early (by one day) end to a transatlantic crossing between New York and Copenhagen, will depart for its next voyage as scheduled this afternoon.
The ship, which begins its autumnal series of Canada/New England itineraries – featuring calls at Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John’s, Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal – today with a ten day trip, will embark a near-capacity passenger count of 1,590 passengers. Those folks had been alerted to the prior cruise’s bout with Norovirus via communiqués from Princess and travel agents. The company says medical and hotel staff will be on hand during embarkation to alleviate any concerns.
On its part, Princess seems unworried about a recurrence of the contagious Norovirus. In a statement, the company said that “the additional time in New York gave us extra days to conduct a full sanitation of the vessel, and this was concluded successfully last night. The ship's crew, in an addition to an 18-member specially trained sanitation team, and 25 members of an outside sanitation company, worked to disinfect all areas of the ship, including passenger and crew areas.”