Second illness outbreak in a week on same cruise ship

Paramedics from the  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics treated 10 people aboard cruise ship Norwegian Joy (IMO 9703796)  for minor medical complaints after the ship docked early on Sunday December 1st, the LAFD said – the second time in a week that passengers from the vessel had to be treated for illness after returning from a trip.

The patients, who had been on a Mexican Riviera cruise, had only minor medical complaints and none were transported to hospitals, the LAFD said about Sunday’s incident. The LAFD was expecting to treat 20 patients who had reported an unspecified illness as the cruise ship began to dock, it said.

“During Norwegian Joy’s Mexican Riviera sailing, a few guests on board experienced a stomach-related illness,” the cruise line said, adding that “to mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures. As always, we will continue to monitor this situation.”

Six passengers arriving at Los Angeles on November 24th from a Panama Canal voyage on the Norwegian Joy were treated for flu-like symptoms. Those passengers, were diagnosed with norovirus, They were among 127 passengers and six crew members who reported being ill while aboard the ship, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ill passengers were mostly suffering from diarrhoea, the CDC said. Norwegian Cruise Line employed special cleaning and disinfection procedures in response to that outbreak.

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.