84 Passengers Sickened Aboard Queen Elizabeth
“A lot of people were sick! Lucky we didn’t get flu or whatever it is,” says passenger, Daniel Schwartz.
Cruise ship officials say it was the norovirus, a highly contagious stomach illness.. that made dozens of passengers aboard the Queen Elizabeth so sick during a 36 day cruise to the South Pacific.
“They made announcement everyday to tell us how many cases,” says passenger Gayle Shaffer.
Crew members were stationed all over the ship and gave passengers hand sanitizer– but others were urged not to leave their cabins.
“We also asked passengers to stay in rooms while sick,” says Jackie Chase, Cunard, Manager of Public Relations
Despite the virus outbreak, a cruise ship dancer we spoke with says it didn’t affect his experience.
“We are happy! Now we go to Los Angeles,” says Eugene Gurim, cruise ship dancer from Ukraine
Cunard, the cruise ship line says only 4% of the more than 1900 passengers were sickened.
After the Queen Elizabeth pulled into port Tuesday morning, the crew cleaned and disinfected the ship from top to bottom.
Port officials also took extra precautions to make sure everyone who left the ship… was virus free.
“Everyone actively working here…masks…gloves…and having drivers disinfect their cars on the last trip from the facility,” says Victor Bogdanoff, Transportation Coordinator.
As new passengers arrived to embark on the Queen Elizabeth for the next cruise, they said they had no knowledge of the outbreak, but they also didn’t seem too concerned.
“They did email us and tell us it would be leaving late and now we know why!!,” Gail Davis, embarking on cruise.
Queen Elizabeth is now headed for a 16 day voyage along the Panama Canal. Cunard says it does not anticipate any further issues.
– Christina Pascucci, KTLA News