Holiday from hell: Two hundred passengers aboard luxury cruise ship struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea bug
Staff have been seen sanitising the ship as hundreds of guests have been taken ill during the two-week cruise
It’s a holiday from hell for passengers aboard a luxury cruise ship after 200 guests have been struck down with a vomiting and diarrhoea bug.
Holidaymakers aboard the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas ship are suffering with the illness after the ship, which is travelling to Sydney, Australia, left Singapore two weeks ago.
A total of 5,800 passengers are on board, which means just over 3% of the total population travelling on the ship have caught the stomach bug.
One passenger posted a video showing crew members wearing industrial cleaning suits as they sprayed the corridors and hallways in bid to contain the illness.
They wrote: “I’m on here now and basically a sitting duck with people in both cabins either side not well with the gastro.
“They are doing everything perfectly to avoid further sickness. I could hear them last night spraying outside my cabin.”
A letter to passengers revealed that part of a ‘bottomless brunch’ had been cancelled, with finger food buffets also being stopped completely, and tours around the galley brought to a halt.
The ship is due to dock in Sydney on Thursday, but the next set of passengers have already been told they will face a delay while an intensive clean takes place.
There are 5,800 passengers on board the ship in total.
Hand sanitiser has also been placed at multiple locations on the ship, with crew members stationed by them to remind passengers to use it on a regular basis.
Many travellers have already praised staff on board the ship for their efforts to contain the stomach bug, reports ABC News Australia
Royal Caribbean International issued a statement, which read: “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.
“Meanwhile, we’re taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to minimise the risk of any further issues.
“Upon arrival into port in Sydney, the ship and terminal will be comprehensively sanitised and cleansed to help prevent the spread of illness, resulting in a delay to boarding for new guests.
“In addition, crew have undertaken enhanced cleaning practices throughout the cruise, including significantly increasing the already regular sanitisation of hand touch surfaces such as door handles, railings and elevator buttons.
“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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