Cruise Ship Visit Cancelled Due To Outbreak

November 30, 2015

The MS Riviera cruise ship — which was expected to arrive in Bermuda on Saturday [Nov 28] — cancelled their visit as an outbreak on the ship “posed a public health risk to Bermuda.”

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Health said, “The Department of Health and the Office of The Chief Medical Officer [CMO] on Friday monitored closely an evolving outbreak on board the MS Riviera cruise ship, expected to arrive in Bermuda on Saturday morning, November 28.

“Following discussions with local and regional health advisors, it was decided that the situation posed a public health risk to Bermuda, due to a contagious organism. Given the ongoing nature of the outbreak it was advised that the ship bypass Bermuda on this occasion.”

The outbreak is understood to be norovirus, and according to the U.S. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention norovirus is a “very contagious virus” which you can get “from an infected person, from contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

“The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed [acute gastroenteritis]. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up,” the CDC said.

The CDC said noroviruses are associated with cruise ships as health officials track illness on cruise ships so outbreaks are found and reported more quickly on a cruise ship than on land, close living quarters may increase the amount of group contact, and people joining the ship may bring the virus to other passengers and crew.

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  1. Thank you says:

    Thank you health department for being vigilant and proactive. The protection of the public’s health goes unnoticed by many, but not by me. You helped to avert a financial impact that would have been felt by local schools, businesses and the medical community.

  2. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    Stories like this make me extremely happy to be very rich and own my own yacht.

    • Pure Madness!!!!!! says:

      Egotistical A$$***e…..

      • hmmm says:

        The commodore is a joke person, a faker.

      • Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

        We will see who is egotistical when I beconmme the President of Bermuda. Donald Trump is really rich, well not as rich as me, and he is running for President of the US. So I am inspired to run for President of Bermuda.

        • Um Um Like says:

          You’ve got my vote! Lol!

        • Inspector Gadget says:

          You can run for president all you want, you’ll be in that race alone. We have a Premire.

    • Terry says:

      Your an ***.
      Must be getting your rocks off.

      • Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

        I decided to stay in school so that I know that I am supposed to use you’re when I mean you are. For example. Terry you’re a tool.

    • Double 7 Single Niner says:

      Commodore, I tend to agree with you and I thank you for taking my family and me on your yacht. Being on a cruise ship is probably as bad for your health as swimming in Mangrove Bay at non-mariners or swimming in Parasite Lakes on any given weekend durinf the summer.

  3. Ann says:

    Thank you to the Health Dept!!!

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Cruise ships are floating petri dishes. They need to be sanitized more often than they are!

    • Terry says:

      Yes they are a “petri dishes”.
      1500-3000 people in an enclosed area that brought these germs with the.

      Living in a confined space.

      Be assured the dishes and utensils are steamed cleaned.


  5. Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

    Obviously they didnt drink enough tea.
    tea will stop these outbreaks. fact


  6. S Fraser says:

    I have always viewed cruise ships with skepticism. I would never take a vacation on a vessel that frowns upon recreational cannabis.

  7. New Simons says:

    Nothing corrodes my sacrificial anode more than cruise ships. They kill the marine ecosystem and even worse, they attract that vile marine pest otherwise called the dolphin.


    That is crazy. I’m glad that it didn’t come to Bermuda. I hope those sick people get better