Cruise Ship Forced To Turn Around For Second Time After Norovirus ‘Outbreak’

Expert Lawyers Call For Investigation Over Safety Standards

01.03.2016

Kate Rawlings, Press Officer | 0114 274 4238

International personal Injury lawyers from law firm Irwin Mitchell, have called for an investigation into conditions on The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship, following reports that it was forced to turn around after a norovirus outbreak.

It is the second time in weeks that the troubled vessel has had to return to port after it was previously forced to turn around due to being battered by 30-foot waves during a storm.

This weekend cruise operator Royal Caribbean announced that the ship would return to its home port in Bayonne, New Jersey, to 'provide guests with a comfortable journey back home' and also to ‘avoid a severe storm’.

It is not clear how many people have been affected by the illness. The ship is believed to be returning from a 12-night southern Caribbean cruise. 

On February 6 2016 the ship was battered by 30-foot waves, leaving the 4,500 passengers on lock-down as they experienced the effects of the 150mph winds which rocked the boat.

Media reported that U.S. officials have launched an investigation against Royal Caribbean after the vessel was allowed to continue on course, despite storm predictions.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement that the ship experienced 'extreme wind and sea conditions' that were not expected but said that the experience was evidence that they needed to make some changes.