Illness Circulating Among Passengers: 2000 Passengers Trapped on Cruise Ship

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.26 - 2024 8:13 AM CET

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2000 Passengers Trapped on Cruise Ship.

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A Norwegian cruise ship is currently being blocked from docking in Mauritius due to a reported illness spreading among passengers.

More than 2000 passengers are currently trapped on 'The Norwegian Dawn,' a Norwegian cruise ship, off the harbor of Port Louis in Mauritius.

The reason for the containment is a reported illness circulating among the passengers, according to Reuters.

"The decision not to allow the cruise ship access to the dock was made to avoid health risks," the local health authorities stated in a press release.

"The health and safety of both the passengers and the nation are the authorities' top priority," the statement continued.

15 of the ship's passengers, who are isolated on board, have been tested, with results expected within 48 hours.

Symptoms of Norovirus

According to a spokesperson from Norwegian Cruise Line, some passengers began experiencing mild symptoms of norovirus during the ship's journey to South Africa on February 13th.

Aboard the ship are 2184 passengers and 1026 crew members - 2000 of these passengers were supposed to conclude their cruise on Sunday, while 2279 new passengers were expected to board.

However, they will have to wait until the risk of infection has been clarified. At the current time, it is expected that they will be able to board on Tuesday.