A cruise passenger’s experience should be relaxing, not as if they are surviving a nightmare. The Holland America’s Maasdam disembarked in Fort Lauderdale in March after at least 14 percent of its passengers were hit with unpleasant flu symptoms, according to a Sun Sentinel article. 168 of the 1,211 passengers and 19 crew members reported vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cruise lines must report illness when more than one percent of passengers are ill. Holland America says it has cleaned the ship and when it returned to dock, two officials from the CDC were there to greet the ship.
Apparently it all started with one ill passenger who boarded without reporting their illness. During the two-week trip the majority of illnesses began early in the two-week voyage. If someone is in poor health it is recommended they not board a cruise ship, but if their condition is chronic, they are supposed to tell medical personnel onboard in advance and forward their medical records to the cruise line.
So far this year there have been seven illness outbreaks on cruise ships investigated by the CDC. Three of the illnesses were identified as Norovirus, which is a commonly spread virus that causes two to three days of flu-like illness. Several other cruise ships also had reports of gastrointestinal illness over the past month. How the cruise line handles the outbreak is very important to how passengers eventually react.
One passenger on this ship felt that Holland America should have better cleaned up the ship, but another said the staff did a good job handling the outbreak. Following the cleaning of the ship, it is expected to turn around with a new group of guests. Those who are concerned about sailing on a formerly sick ship are sometimes allowed to cancel and get a full refund or an alternative sailing date. However, be sure to read the small print on your ticket, which is your contract.
Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys in Florida
The cruise line gives itself many outs and exceptions to any eventuality, including storms and mishaps at seat. And consumers should be aware that the doctor on board is not an employee of the ship, therefore it does not claim responsibility over him. He may also not carry medical malpractice insurance since onboard doctors are frequently not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. Be sure to read the fine print on your ticket and if you have any concerns, you may purchase insurance that allows you to be flown out of a remote location and back to the states for medical care. A Florida cruise ship accident lawyer will always be willing to review your case and consult with you free of charge to determine the extent of any injury at sea and help you work with the cruise line to resolve it.