About six months ago, a woman in an airport struck up a conversation with me, where it was revealed that she works as a travel agent. She asked if my wife and I ever go on cruises. The answer was a polite “no,” and the reason is stories like this one from a Princess Cruise.
At last count, 83 passengers on a weeklong California Coast cruise on the Crown Princess are suspected of contracting norovirus. Its symptoms can be summed up as “my nightmare.”
Granted, it’s a small percentage of the 3,100-plus passengers and 1,000-plus crew members aboard, but that’s cold comfort.
quotes a Princess statement:
We believe the cause to be the common virus called Norovirus, which is extremely contagious and easily transmitted from person-to-person.
At the first sign of an increase in the numbers of passengers reporting to the medical center with gastrointestinal illness, we immediately initiated additional enhanced sanitation procedures to interrupt the person-to-person spread of this virus.
While this adds to the ever-growing list of cruise-related PR problems, it pales in comparison to the infamous “poop cruise
” that befell Carnival’s PR team in February 2013.
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In February, we told you about how cruise lines are looking to other brands
for help in rebuilding their reputation.