Cruise Ship Docked for Extra Cleaning
The Carnival Liberty was forced to dock after a virus sickened roughly 700 passengers on a trans-Atlantic cruise, according to an Associated Press article on The Ledger.
Fourteen guests and five crew members remained ill and in isolation when the ship arrived at Port Everglades. More than 530 guests and 140 crew members had reported a similar illness within the first two weeks on the cruise.
According to reports, preliminary tests identified the illness as the highly contagious norovirus, which is expected to have infected several guests just before they boarded, later spreading to the other guests.
Crews were forced to pay special attention to cleaning the ship, hoping that doing so would reduce the spread of the illness. Special attention was given to handrails, utensils, and even plastic menus. Guests will also offered disinfecting hand gel and self-serve buffets were closed.
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