Norovirus Outbreaks on Cruise Ships
The CDC has investigated 13 instances of gastrointestinal outbreaks on cruise ship since January. The latest is Holland America’s voyage on Nieuw Amsterdam that wrapped up yesterday morning.
Norovirus is characterized by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping and is spread by people not washing their hands.
So far in 2023, noro outbreaks have occurred on four Royal Caribbean ships, three Princess vessels, two Celebrity ships, one Holland America vessel, and one P&O cruise ship.
The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program requires cruise ships to log and report the number of passengers and crew who say they have symptoms of gastrointestinal illness. The CDC considers above three percent an outbreak and investigates those cases.
Galveston Investing $53 Million For Cruise Terminal Expansion
Galveston Wharves has announced a substantial investment of $53 million towards the expansion of Cruise Terminal 25 in preparation of the debut of Carnival Jubilee this December.
The renovation will include modifications to gangways, the addition of a ramp, a new roof, two elevators, and an escalator. The project will be financed through cash reserves and a partnership agreement with Carnival Cruise Line.
Galveston sees over 1 million cruisers annually.
Tuskegee Airman Celebrates 100th Birthday on Princess Cruises Ship
A Tuskegee Airman recently boarded Discovery Princess in Seattle to spend his 100th birthday in Alaska.
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Harvey III served his country as part of a group of African American pilots who made a legendary contribution during World War II.
His arrival was marked by his family and the USAF McChord Field Honor Guard, which displayed a traditional presentation of U.S. colors. Later, Harvey was presented with a birthday cake by the Discovery Princess crew. During his voyage, Harvey has planned onboard discussions to inspire fellow guests with his stories and experiences.