With the Celebrity Cruise from Tampa ending on Friday, details have emerged regarding the norovirus outbreak which has left over 90 people ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that among the 2,056 passengers, 92 reported illnesses with vomiting and diarrhea. Another eight crew members are also listed as “reported being ill during the voyage.”
Celebrity increased cleaning and disinfection and isolated those who were sick, among other measures, the CDC said. The cruise line did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ben Lopman, a professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, told USA TODAY last year that cruises constitute a “tiny minority of norovirus outbreaks.” Most of them take place in health care settings like nursing homes.
This marks the gastrointestinal outbreak on a cruise in 2024 that met the CDC’s threshold for public notification. There were logged 14 in 2023, three of which occurred on Celebrity ships, higher than any year between 2017 and 2019.
Norovirus was listed as the causative agent in all outbreaks but one last year.
The ship was on a cruise to New Orleans, Louisiana, Belize and Mexico that departed from Tampa, Florida on Jan. 3, according to CruiseMapper.