Is it time that we finally ban cruises? In one solitary week, three cruise ships have had to send CDC investigators on board in order to discover why over 100 people (each!) have come down with vomiting and diarrhea. The first two cases were discovered on the same boat—one week apart.
According to CNN, whose powerful lede is simply "Ugh.",
The double dose of ill-fated cruises struck the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. During the ship's April 5 to April 12 cruise, 105 of the nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were affected — primarily with vomiting and diarrhea, the disease agency said.
During the ship's cruise the prior week, 117 passengers and crew members were struck, according to the CDC.
That's not even the worst of it—the same boat will be departing this afternoon, full inspection completed or not. A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean encouraged cruisers to reschedule their trips if they were worried about pooping their minds out in a disease-ridden latrine.
The third outbreak of this kind occurred last week on a Princess Cruise ship, the cause of which the CDC is saying is likely the norovirus.
A highly infectious virus that can be picked up through contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. It causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, often leading to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
For all the free lobster and shuffleboard in the world, this cannot actually be worth it, can it? (No.)
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