After a trip to Singapore, 195 passengers aboard the mighty Ovation of the Seas were struck down with diarrhea and vomiting after indulging in a “bottomless buffet.” The ship carried more than 5,800 passengers and had been at sea for 14 days. Nearly 200 passengers aboard the cruise ship were struck down with diarrhea and vomiting after indulging in a “bottomless buffet.”
One passenger posted a video on Facebook showing hallways being sprayed by crew members in industrial cleaning suits after it docked in Hobart, Tasmania.
“I’m on here now and basically a sitting duck with people in both cabins either side not well with the gastro,” another person commented on the video.
“They are doing everything perfectly to avoid further sickness. I could hear them last night doing this spraying outside my cabin.”
While yet another passenger reported restaurants could not be accessed, finger food had been stopped, and a galley tour had been canceled. A letter posted on the internet revealed the Bottomless Brunch service had been cut back after the outbreak.
Passengers praised the crew’s efforts dealing with the outbreak.
“The ship is doing absolutely everything to control it; you wash your hands at least a dozen times a day. Their hygiene is first class; it’s obviously a passenger that’s brought it on,” one passenger said.
Crew members were in industrial cleaning suits complete with face masks while they were spraying down hallways of the lavish ship in the video posted to Facebook Royal Caribbean International, which owns the ship.
The passengers who were ill reportedly received over-the-counter medication for gastroenteritis.
When the ship arrives at its next port in Sydney, it was “comprehensively sanitized and cleansed” before new passengers board.
Mark Veitch, Tasmania’s Director of Public Health, said five people from the ship were taken to the hospital.
“Outbreaks of highly infectious conditions such as gastro and respiratory illness can occur in cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-size town mixes closely together,” he said.
“Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication, and we hope all our guests feel better quickly,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“Meanwhile, we’re taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of any further issues.”
“We communicate well-established educational hand hygiene practices to all passengers and crew. Hand-washing basins are provided at key dining venues and hand sanitizers at all restaurants and bar entrances, where the crew is located encouraging guests to use the sanitizing hand product.”
“It is imperative that any guests who are experiencing or have experienced any symptoms of illness advise us as soon as possible so that they can be provided the care required and to prevent any further spread.”
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