Hundreds of people reported taken off cruise ship after Norovirus outbreak

After cruise vessel Norwegian Joy (IMO 9703796), which was on a 16-day cruise having left Florida, docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, several passengers were assessed by medical staff of the Los Angeles Fire Department for Norovirus. One report described hundreds of passengers as “acutely ill”.

Those seeking medical attention disembarked the docked cruise ship, reported NBC Los Angeles. Some sick passengers were screened separately from the rest of the disembarking passengers, according to social media reports from passengers.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said that “LAFD personnel continue to examine several persons who have been ill while aboard the currently docked cruise ship, which is disembarking passengers. A yet to be determined number of those ill passengers desiring further medical assessment or ambulance transport are still being evaluated on shore by LAFD Paramedics. No patients are currently displaying life-threatening symptoms.” The Norwegian Joy has a guest capacity of 3,804 passengers.

2017-built, Bahamas-flagged, 167,725 gt Norwegian Joy is owned by Breakaway Four Ltd care of manager Eurosoft Corp Ltd of London, UK. ISM manager is NCL Bahamas of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Breakaway Four Ltd.