(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Royal Caribbean International and received via e-mail.
The release was confirmed by the sender.)
Royal Caribbean International Statement
March 8, 2013
Vision of the Seas experienced an elevated number of persons
with a gastrointestinal illness on its last sailing. Over the
course of that sailing, 105 of 1,991 guests and 3 of 772 crew
members experienced the illness, thought to be norovirus. Those
affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship.
At Royal Caribbean International we have high health standards
for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we conduct
enhanced cleaning onboard the ship, to help prevent the spread
of the illness. Additionally, when Vision of the Seas arrived to
Port Everglades, Florida, today, we conducted an extensive and
thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise
terminal, to help prevent any illness from affecting the
Also, all guests received a letter at boarding that asks if they
have experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms within the last
three days. Similarly, if guests are uncomfortable taking their
cruise, for reasons related to personal health or otherwise, our
staff assisted them in rescheduling their sailing for another
According to health experts, each year as many as 300 million
people worldwide are affected by Norovirus. Only the common
cold is more prevalent.
Vision of the Seas is sailing a 10-night Caribbean itinerary
that includes port calls to Tortola, British Virgin Islands;
Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort de France, Martinique; St.
John’s, Antigua; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.
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Director, Global Corporate Communications
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Phone: 305-982-2458 Fax: 305-536-0140
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