Not long into the New Year and cruise ships are starting to return to port with illness outbreaks. The CDC recently reported an outbreak has occurred on the Norwegian Star, a 965 foot cruise ship, operated by Miami based NCL. The CDC investigation lists 130 passengers and 12 crew members have come down with illness consisting of vomiting and diarrhea. NCL, in response to the outbreak, increased cleaning and disinfection procedures, warned the passengers about the outbreak and collected stool samples for later analysis by the CDC. The CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on arrival in Miami on January 19, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens were sent to the CDC lab for testing.
Our law firm has assisted passengers and guests who sustained significant life altering disabilities resulting from illness outbreaks aboard cruise ship. If you fell victim to a sickness aboard a cruise ship which changed your life and would like to learn about your legal rights, feel free to contact our Florida Board Certified Maritime Attorneys.