Still, 163 people (and seven crew) coming down with the same terribly vacation-ruining bug is cause for alarm. CruiseCritic also reminds us that is far from the first major outbreak of the winter season:
Earlier this week, the virus made appearances aboard Holland America's Noordam and, most recently, Royal Caribbean's new giant, Oasis of the Seas. Two of U.K.-based Fred. Olsen's ships, Balmoral and Boudicca, were also plagued by the virus during recent Christmas and New Year's sailings
Gross. Cruise lines may be able to throw tons of money into television and magazine advertising to sway people in making vacation decisions, but no amount of money can immediately guarantee their sick tummies will feel better, nor guarantee the Norovirus won't happen again.
· Norovirus Strikes Again: Cunard Ship May Be Turned Away from US [CruiseCritic]
· 60 Sick on Swine Flu Cruise Off French Riviera [Jaunted]
· The Handshake: Travel's Newest Enemy [Jaunted]
· Travel Health coverage [Jaunted]
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