Federal health officials reported yesterday on a outbreak of gastrointestinal illness of yet unknown etiology on the recent voyage of Azamara Club Cruises vessel, Azamara Quest.


The 15-day, 14-night, one-way cruise from Costa Rica to San Diego arrived Thursday. Twenty-two passengers and crew experienced symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

Azamara Club Cruises is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Royal Caribbean officials said those with the virus have responded well to medication.

In response to the outbreak, Azamara Club Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan.
  • Collected stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing.
  • Made twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.
  • Planned and executed comprehensive sanitation procedures in San Diego, California, on February 8, 2018.

Specimens have been collected and will be sent to CDC for testing. CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program will continue to monitor the ship into the next voyage and provide support as needed.

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