Cruise Ship Earns Nickname “Pandemic Princess,” Cancels Next Trip For Mechanical Reasons

Cruise Ship Earns Nickname “Pandemic Princess,” Cancels Next Trip For Mechanical Reasons

It’s not quite the second coming of the Poop Cruise, but 2,000 passengers who were set to board a Princess cruise near Perth, Australia are really sad since their trip has been canceled due to mysterious mechanical issues. This might not have attracted news attention if the last sailing of the same ship hadn’t experienced a norovirus outbreak, earning the nickname “Pandemic Princess.” [More]

Norovirus, Not Brawl, Breaks Out At Chuck E. Cheese’s

Norovirus, Not Brawl, Breaks Out At Chuck E. Cheese’s

Something terrible broke out at a Minnesota Chuck E. Cheese’s last week, and for once it wasn’t an adult brawl requiring police intervention. No, this time it was something even more frightening: norovirus. Authorities believe that the illness didn’t spread through food, but across other surfaces. [More]

Three Dozen Passengers On Crown Princess Cruise Ship Struck With Norovirus

Three Dozen Passengers On Crown Princess Cruise Ship Struck With Norovirus

UPDATE: Princess Cruises now says 66 passengers and 17 crew members have fallen ill, for a total of 83 sick people.  [More]

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Norovirus Suspected Of Gripping Yet Another Cruise Ship In Its Nasty, Barfy Embrace

Federal health officials are on the vomit-filled trail once again as yet another cruise ship full of people have possibly been hit by norovirus. Around 114 passengers and 10 crew members reportedly fell ill during a weeklong cruise on the Holland America MS Veendam. [More]

Forget About Norovirus — There Are Caribbean Cruise Deals To Be Had

Forget About Norovirus — There Are Caribbean Cruise Deals To Be Had

With all the snow hitting the mid-atlantic region, we’re dreaming of warm, sunny days in the Caribbean. Taking that beautiful vacation on a cruise ship might not sound like the best idea, what with all the recent problems: norovirus and crippled ships (“poop cruise” anyone?). But if you’re looking for a good deal you might just find the best on a cruise, thanks to an overabundance of ships now sailing the area. [More]

CDC: Bug That Hit Cruise Ship Is A Newer Strain Wreaking Havoc On Stomachs Everywhere

CDC: Bug That Hit Cruise Ship Is A Newer Strain Wreaking Havoc On Stomachs Everywhere

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday that the bug that sickened almost 700 people on a Royal Caribbean Cruise last week and cut their trip short is a new strain of norovirus that is becoming troublesome for stomachs everywhere, by land and by sea. [More]

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Another Cruise Returns To Port Early With More Than 170 Ill Passengers

Days after Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas had to return to port early after hundreds of passengers fell ill, Carnival’s Caribbean Princess returned home to Houston last night, a day ahead of schedule, with at least 170 sick people on board. [More]

Live Dispatches From Royal Caribbean’s Barf Cruise: Passenger Takes To Reddit

Live Dispatches From Royal Caribbean’s Barf Cruise: Passenger Takes To Reddit

Earlier today, we shared with you the news that a Caribbean cruise out of the port of Bayonne, N.J. has become a plague-wracked hellscape instead of a vacation. Well, maybe that’s overstating it a little, but things on board are unpleasant. According to the Centers for Disease Control, so far 19% of the passengers and 4% of the crew have the mysterious gastrointestinal illness. One passenger who isn’t sick (yet) took to Reddit to answer random strangers’ questions. [More]

Cruise Ship Cutting Journey Short Because It’s No Fun When 600 People Are Vomiting

Cruise Ship Cutting Journey Short Because It’s No Fun When 600 People Are Vomiting

The ghostly specter of the Poop Cruise is out haunting again and this time it picked a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to mess with: The Explorer of the Seas will cut its 10-day trip short by two days after more than 600 people on board succumbed to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. [More]

Hell Is Flying Across The Pacific With 26 Barfing, Pooping Norovirus-Infected Teens

Hell Is Flying Across The Pacific With 26 Barfing, Pooping Norovirus-Infected Teens

I used to think that there couldn’t be anything worse than being in a closed environment like a cruise ship or a nursing home where quickly-mutating norovirus makes multiple passes through the population. Then I learned about the flight from Chile to Australia where 26 high school students came down with the disease while in the air. [More]

105 of the 1,991 passengers on the Vision of the Seas came down with the norovirus.

Royal Caribbean Ship Returns To Port Because Floating Around With 108 Sick People On Board Is Not A Vacation

Two of this winter’s ickiest stories — crappy cruises and the norovirus — converged today when the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas returned to in Florida today after at least 108 people on board were hit by the bug. [More]

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So You’ve Managed To Escape The Flu, Congrats! Here’s A Norovirus Fresh From Australia

The flu? That is so last week (although probably it’s still actually very this week)! The new illness set to sweep the nation is fresh off the boat and/or plane from Australia, and it sounds like a nasty bit of work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that a new strain of the vomiting disease norovirus has landed on our shores and is making its awful way through the nation. [More]

Sick Customer Throws Up In Kroger, Employees Still Treat Her Like A Human Being

Reader Bugpaste is not feeling well. She’s been hit with a vicious stomach bug. While picking up some medicine and supplies at Kroger yesterday, the worst happened: she threw up in the dairy aisle, a situation that could have been a lot worse if employees and fellow customers had been rude. But they weren’t at all. They cleaned up after her, and were genuinely concerned for her well-being. She was so impressed with the kindness she encountered that she took some time out from her recovery to write to the general manager. [More]