I can’t imagine how awful it must be. You start the cruise holiday of a lifetime only to have the ship hit by a mystery stomach bug that confines you and your loved ones as well as other passengers and crew to your cabins.
That’s what it’s like when the novovirus hits a cruise ship as has apparently happened aboard the Carnival Liberty last Sunday. Apparently nearly 700 passengers were affected by the virus showing symptoms similar to stomach flu during the 16 day voyage. The virus is rarely fatal but once aboard the close confines of a passenger ship it can spread wildly leaving most with diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps. The virus often transmits via a fecal-oral route, or sometimes by person to person contact.
Despite the crew’s best containment efforts many passenger’s holidays were badly affected. I’m sure that Carnival officials will be bombarded by lawsuits, and there are even websites online specialising in compensation claims for people stricken by the novovirus.