89 people suffering from norovirus
The 'Grandeur of the Seas' which was currently on its final cruise before the suspending operations has been hit with a gastrointestinal outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 83 passengers have come down with the bug which causes vomiting and diarrhea. Six crew members have also picked up the sickness which has been confirmed by the CDC as Norovirus. There were no cases of COVID-19 onboard. There was a total of 1,764 passengers and 798 crew members onboard the current sailing. As a result, the cruise ship has implemented its procedures which included collecting samples for officials, making announcements to keep everyone informed of the outbreak, extra sanitation and more. Guests will also have a staged disembarkation process to limit the spread when the Royal Caribbean cruise ship arrives back to Baltimore on March 19. The following sailing which was scheduled to depart the port on March 19 has already been cancelled.
Cruise ship denied entry in St. Thomas - injured passenger medevaced
The 'Grandeur of the Seas' was denied to call in St. Thomas by the U.S. Coast Guard upon its request to berth at the Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas on March 12, 2020. One crew member onboard had traveled to Japan within the last 14 days and as a precaution to keep the public safe, the vessel was denied entry. The crew member did not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Even though the ship was denied it was allowed to dock at Brown Bay at 2:15 p.m. so a seriously injured passenger could be evacuated to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital (RLSH) on St. Thomas. The guest was taken ashore by a specialist team and no other passengers or crew were allowed to disembark. The vessel was currently on a 12-day Caribbean cruise which departed the Port of Baltimore on March 7. The ship was now back at sea heading towards the next port of call and was due arrive back in Maryland on March 19. The port is now closed and the following scheduled cruise was under threat of cancellation.
Passenger drowned during shore excursion
On Dec 7, 2019, a 72 year old passenger from the 'Grandeur of the Seas' has died from drowning at Pebbles beach in Barbados which is located on the southwest part of the island in the capital of Bridgetown. The man was on a shore excursion from the cruise ship and the bus arranged to arrive at the beach just after 10:00 a.m. Three people on the beach found him floating on the water and brought him back to land. A local medical team attended to him but unfortunately, it was too late. It was not known if the drowning occurred during an excursion activity and if it was booked through the cruise line or not.Upload News