Reports Of Illness Outbreak Affecting Passengers On The Ocean Princess

Travel Law Experts Call For Investigation Into Conditions On Cruise Ship

07.03.2016

Kate Rawlings, Press Officer | 0114 274 4238

International travel law experts at leading law firm Irwin Mitchell have called for an investigation into conditions onboard a cruise vessel, after reports have surfaced about an outbreak of gastric illness.

It is reported that around 50 passengers and crew aboard the Ocean Princess have been affected by an illness of unknown etiology.

Those affected on the ship, run by Princess Cruises, are believed to be experiencing gastric symptoms.

Outbreak Today News reported that in response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship had increased cleaning and disinfection procedures, collected stool specimens for testing and made daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).

Expert Opinion
It is alarming to hear that so many passengers and crew on this ship may have been affected by this illness.

When you pay for any holiday, including cruises, you expect a certain standard of hygiene to be kept to ensure your wellbeing.

Whilst it is soon to say whether this has been a factor here, it is vital that a prompt investigation is undertaken to ascertain whether all necessary measures are in place and being practiced to keep passengers and staff safe and well.

We work closely with many people who have suffered as a result of illness outbreaks on cruises and the long terms effects should not be underestimated. It is important to find out if there are any lessons that can be learned from this outbreak to minimise potential risk for future passengers.
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner