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Reports Of Norovirus Onboard New Marella Explorer 2 Cruise Ship

International Personal Injury Lawyers Say Suspected Norovirus Outbreak Is Cause For Concern


Emma Bolton, Press Officer | +44 (0)114 294 7843

Reports of a suspected norovirus outbreak on board a new TUI cruise ship are a cause for concern say specialist international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell.

The Marella Explorer 2 is the newest addition to the TUI Marella Cruises fleet and was launched in Malaga just last month.  It is currently on a cruise of the Mediterranean from Naples, and TUI have issued a statement confirming that “a small number” of passengers on board last week reported “feeling unwell.”

Irwin Mitchell has represented thousands of cruise passengers who have fallen ill with gastric illness while on cruise ships around the world.

Expert Opinion
“To hear the reports of gastric illness on board the Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship just a month after its launch are concerning.

Norovirus is a very unpleasant illness and passengers suffering from this are likely to be in a lot of discomfort. It can also have long term health complications in some cases, especially for children and the elderly, so it needs to be taken seriously. A cruise holiday is supposed to be a time of enjoyment for those on board, but an illness outbreak like this is likely to bring them misery.

Through our work we have represented thousands of people who have suffered under similar circumstances and we understand how serious these illnesses can be.

We hope that TUI will continue to monitor the situation and will implement any additional health and safety measures required to prevent any more passengers falling ill.”
Jatinder Paul, Senior Associate Solicitor

The team at Irwin Mitchell have considerable experience of handling cases of this nature and have represented thousands of holidaymakers who have fallen seriously ill abroad or on cruise vessels across the globe. The team have recovered millions of pounds from cruise operators including representing hundreds who fell ill on the Thomson Dream cruise over successive years between 2010 and 2015, and hundreds of passengers who fell ill with serious gastric illness on the Island Escape cruise over successive years between 2009 and 2015.

Find out more on Irwin Mitchell's expertise in handling cruise ship illness cases