182 people have been struck down with gastroenteritis aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.
Australian Health authorities were notified by the cruise line after Explorer of the Seas departed New Zealand for Sydney a few days ago.
The health authorities were waiting to board the vessel when it docked in Sydney early on Wednesday morning. They told local media the Explorer of the Seas will require additional cleaning in an effort to control the gastro outbreak prior to its departure later in the day.
The recently refurbished Explorer of the Seas can accommodate 3,114 guests and has 10 food outlets, including the complimentary main dining room and Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse, Chop’s Grille.
Health authorities have praised the cruise line for its prompt efforts to control the Explorer of the Seas gastro outbreak.
Gastroenteritis is highly infectious and is spread from person-to-person though contact like shaking hands or touching contaminated objects. The Explorer of the Seas gastro outbreak is a timely reminder for cruise guests to make frequent use of hand sanitizers located throughout all cruise ships.
Explorer of the Seas is due to depart Sydney on an 8-night South Pacific cruise at 7:00pm on Wednesday 16 December calling at ports in Vanuatu and the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia.