Bad Boats: Cruise Ships See Outbreak Of Norovirus


Cruise ships have never been something we’ve found appealing, personally. Really, there’s something about being trapped in a large vessel on the open sea with a bunch of people we don’t know that has always kind of freaked us out. The boats themselves haven’t been doing a lot to prove us wrong recently. First, the Costa Concordia tragedy. Now, CNN reports outbreaks of Norovirus on two Princess Cruise ships. Cruise ships, you aren’t doing yourselves any favors here.

Together the Ruby Princess and Crown Princess saw 499 people sick with the virus. Both ships were based out of Florida, and one, the Crown Princess, has already set out to sea again after being cleaned. The Ruby Princess, according to CNN, was also planning to depart.

Here’s what the CDC has to say about Norovirus:

Noroviruses (genus Norovirus, family Caliciviridae) are a group of related, single-stranded RNA, non-enveloped viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans. The most common symptoms of acute gastroenteritis are diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Norovirus is the official genus name for the group of viruses previously described as “Norwalk-like viruses” (NLV).

Ew. We’re still not sure if we would want to get on board those ships, even if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did oversee the clean up.

Here are 10 ways by which we would prefer to travel (in no particular order):
1. Plane
2. Train
3. Automobile
4. Foot (Just like Art Garfunkel)
5. Tunneling/Burrowing
6. Razor scooter
7. Sailboat
8. Hovercraft
9. Helicopter
10. Bug (Just like Marcel)