Passengers take legal action after norovirus outbreak on P&O Oriana ship on Norwegian cruise

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A cruise firm is being taken to court for the fourth consecutive year by passengers struck down by a vomiting bug on one of its ships.

Lawyers for ten passengers are launching legal action against Southampton-based P&O cruises after an outbreak of norovirus on the Oriana.

Passengers suffered stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea on what should have been a dream holiday.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell Travel Litigation is taking action for the fourth year running. It secured damages of £70,000 for 24 passengers falling ill after separate outbreaks in 2011 and 2012 and are working on behalf of 16 passengers falling victim last year.

The latest bug struck in March when 57 people fell ill on a 12-day Norwegian cruise.

Patricia Horgan booked the trip for a 60th birthday celebration and was among those confined to their cabins by the crippling symptoms when she fell ill on the final three days.

Ms Horgan, of Cornwall, who spent the last of her savings on the cruise was so sick she was unable to care for her partner Mark Forrest, an amputee, who fell ill shortly afterwards.

She said: “This was meant to be a very special holiday.

“I’ve never felt so ill. It knocked me for six.

“We paid a considerable sum of money for this trip and it was a nightmare..”

A similar bug struck in December 2012 causing 417 people to fall ill and led to angry passengers holding mass protest meetings.

They were furious they had not been told of an outbreak on a previous voyage. The ship underwent a deep clean.

Irwin Mitchell legal specialist Jennifer Downing said: “Any reports of illness on board cruise ships or at holiday resorts across the world are a concern but it is a particular concern that this is the fourth year in a row that we have been asked by passengers to help following episodes of illness on board.

“Guidelines are in place for cruise ship operators to follow and we will be working to determine what P&O has done to investigate and resolve any underlying issues following the problems experienced in recent years.”

A P&O spokeswoman said the company would not comment on ongoing legal action.

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11:43am Sun 22 Jun 14

funchal says...

I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.
I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do. funchal
  • Score: 9

11:45am Sun 22 Jun 14

halo-man says...

Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line. halo-man
  • Score: 39

12:05pm Sun 22 Jun 14

forest hump says...

halo-man wrote:
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.
[quote][p][bold]halo-man[/bold] wrote: Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.[/p][/quote]Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective. forest hump
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Sun 22 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

Cruises, all inclusive resorts all suffer the same problem,

Guests not washing hands and Guests not using tongs etc to take food.
Cruises, all inclusive resorts all suffer the same problem, Guests not washing hands and Guests not using tongs etc to take food. massimoosti
  • Score: 16

1:15pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

Unfortunately, when you're in close proximity to others, germs and viruses can spread freely. The problem with being on a cruise ship is that you can't get off when you want to, when others start falling ill. It is these ongoing outbreaks of contagious illnesses that have put me off taking a cruise holiday.
Unfortunately, when you're in close proximity to others, germs and viruses can spread freely. The problem with being on a cruise ship is that you can't get off when you want to, when others start falling ill. It is these ongoing outbreaks of contagious illnesses that have put me off taking a cruise holiday. Frank28
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Sun 22 Jun 14

blackmasquerade says...

While clearly unfortunate, I have to agree that cruise lines do everything possible to avoid an outbreak but it is brought on by passengers, who when faced with the mandatory health questionnaire will almost certainly not admit to having any symptoms, while others on board often don't bother using hand sanitisers or worse still, pick up food without using the tongs provided. Though not all by any means but it is often older people who ignore the rules or think they don't apply to them, followed by younger, first timers.
While clearly unfortunate, I have to agree that cruise lines do everything possible to avoid an outbreak but it is brought on by passengers, who when faced with the mandatory health questionnaire will almost certainly not admit to having any symptoms, while others on board often don't bother using hand sanitisers or worse still, pick up food without using the tongs provided. Though not all by any means but it is often older people who ignore the rules or think they don't apply to them, followed by younger, first timers. blackmasquerade
  • Score: 18

1:50pm Sun 22 Jun 14

solomum says...

The only way to control these outbreaks would be to do a mandatory swab of every passenger before they board the ship. Of course, this is completely impractical, so really the cruise companies have no control over these bugs getting onboard
The only way to control these outbreaks would be to do a mandatory swab of every passenger before they board the ship. Of course, this is completely impractical, so really the cruise companies have no control over these bugs getting onboard solomum
  • Score: 3

2:13pm Sun 22 Jun 14

News Fanatic says...

solomum wrote:
The only way to control these outbreaks would be to do a mandatory swab of every passenger before they board the ship. Of course, this is completely impractical, so really the cruise companies have no control over these bugs getting onboard
I have been asked at check-in if I am well. Royal Caribbean in the US offered a free consultation with a member of the ship's medical team to anyone who wanted it. Having looked forward to a cruise for possibly months, I think very few people would say they were ill.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: The only way to control these outbreaks would be to do a mandatory swab of every passenger before they board the ship. Of course, this is completely impractical, so really the cruise companies have no control over these bugs getting onboard[/p][/quote]I have been asked at check-in if I am well. Royal Caribbean in the US offered a free consultation with a member of the ship's medical team to anyone who wanted it. Having looked forward to a cruise for possibly months, I think very few people would say they were ill. News Fanatic
  • Score: 4

2:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

You pays your money,you take your chance
It's about time specific insurance was available for cruising which would include cover for norovirus etc
The cruise lines do all they can to eliminate this but when you get a percentage of passengers who don't even wash their hands after using the toilet and I mean cubicles as well as urinals what can they do!
One alternative would be to charge an extra £20 per passenger to cover the compo claims the first to complain would be the heathens who walk out of a cubicle having had a dump who then walk straight past the washbasins back to the bar and their gin and tonic
You pays your money,you take your chance It's about time specific insurance was available for cruising which would include cover for norovirus etc The cruise lines do all they can to eliminate this but when you get a percentage of passengers who don't even wash their hands after using the toilet and I mean cubicles as well as urinals what can they do! One alternative would be to charge an extra £20 per passenger to cover the compo claims the first to complain would be the heathens who walk out of a cubicle having had a dump who then walk straight past the washbasins back to the bar and their gin and tonic bullsbags
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Sun 22 Jun 14

sass says...

blackmasquerade wrote:
While clearly unfortunate, I have to agree that cruise lines do everything possible to avoid an outbreak but it is brought on by passengers, who when faced with the mandatory health questionnaire will almost certainly not admit to having any symptoms, while others on board often don't bother using hand sanitisers or worse still, pick up food without using the tongs provided. Though not all by any means but it is often older people who ignore the rules or think they don't apply to them, followed by younger, first timers.
Tongs don't work! Every one touches the tongs so it is the perfect way to transmit germs. Disposable vinyl gloves should be handed out at the buffet entrance. I bring my own, they are cheap enough, though I get some strange looks.
[quote][p][bold]blackmasquerade[/bold] wrote: While clearly unfortunate, I have to agree that cruise lines do everything possible to avoid an outbreak but it is brought on by passengers, who when faced with the mandatory health questionnaire will almost certainly not admit to having any symptoms, while others on board often don't bother using hand sanitisers or worse still, pick up food without using the tongs provided. Though not all by any means but it is often older people who ignore the rules or think they don't apply to them, followed by younger, first timers.[/p][/quote]Tongs don't work! Every one touches the tongs so it is the perfect way to transmit germs. Disposable vinyl gloves should be handed out at the buffet entrance. I bring my own, they are cheap enough, though I get some strange looks. sass
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Sun 22 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.
Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim. loosehead
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Sun 22 Jun 14

saintregor says...

halo-man wrote:
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Iv Cruised many times and you have to be very very careful not about the ship or crew they are tiptop clean but other people but if you wash hands very often its not a problem
[quote][p][bold]halo-man[/bold] wrote: Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.[/p][/quote]Iv Cruised many times and you have to be very very careful not about the ship or crew they are tiptop clean but other people but if you wash hands very often its not a problem saintregor
  • Score: 4

4:35pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

People have atrocious hygiene i mean just go into a Harvester to see exactly what i mean. Doesnt mean people should get money for being ill WASH YER FECKIN HANDS THEN...its not rocket science if your gonna be groping food
People have atrocious hygiene i mean just go into a Harvester to see exactly what i mean. Doesnt mean people should get money for being ill WASH YER FECKIN HANDS THEN...its not rocket science if your gonna be groping food Mary80
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Sun 22 Jun 14

espanuel says...

funchal wrote:
I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.
I was at sea in the 60's and still cant under stand this norovirus that effects these cruise ships. We run the Atlantic every 12 days and the only thing we had was sea sickness. I cannot remember anytime sailing with Cunard where they had a health problem.
It is exactly the same in hospitals with this bug. Going back to 60/70's no problems.
[quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.[/p][/quote]I was at sea in the 60's and still cant under stand this norovirus that effects these cruise ships. We run the Atlantic every 12 days and the only thing we had was sea sickness. I cannot remember anytime sailing with Cunard where they had a health problem. It is exactly the same in hospitals with this bug. Going back to 60/70's no problems. espanuel
  • Score: 2

5:32pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.
That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness.

They are in the business to make money.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.[/p][/quote]That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness. They are in the business to make money. Linesman
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Graeme Harrison says...

forest hump wrote:
halo-man wrote:
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.
And the proof of any of that load of **** is?
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halo-man[/bold] wrote: Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.[/p][/quote]Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.[/p][/quote]And the proof of any of that load of **** is? Graeme Harrison
  • Score: -2

7:19pm Sun 22 Jun 14

X Old Bill says...

funchal wrote:
I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.
In a way that is correct - Norovirus was not identified until the 1970s so 'it was not around' because it took quite some time for the name to be used (originally it was called Norwalk virus).
However, back in the 70s passengers on ships did occasionally suffer from severe gastroenteritis - The signs and symptoms were the same and the treatment by isolation was the same. We just did not call it norovirus.
[quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.[/p][/quote]In a way that is correct - Norovirus was not identified until the 1970s so 'it was not around' because it took quite some time for the name to be used (originally it was called Norwalk virus). However, back in the 70s passengers on ships did occasionally suffer from severe gastroenteritis - The signs and symptoms were the same and the treatment by isolation was the same. We just did not call it norovirus. X Old Bill
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Huey says...

bullsbags wrote:
You pays your money,you take your chance
It's about time specific insurance was available for cruising which would include cover for norovirus etc
The cruise lines do all they can to eliminate this but when you get a percentage of passengers who don't even wash their hands after using the toilet and I mean cubicles as well as urinals what can they do!
One alternative would be to charge an extra £20 per passenger to cover the compo claims the first to complain would be the heathens who walk out of a cubicle having had a dump who then walk straight past the washbasins back to the bar and their gin and tonic
Have you been spying on me
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: You pays your money,you take your chance It's about time specific insurance was available for cruising which would include cover for norovirus etc The cruise lines do all they can to eliminate this but when you get a percentage of passengers who don't even wash their hands after using the toilet and I mean cubicles as well as urinals what can they do! One alternative would be to charge an extra £20 per passenger to cover the compo claims the first to complain would be the heathens who walk out of a cubicle having had a dump who then walk straight past the washbasins back to the bar and their gin and tonic[/p][/quote]Have you been spying on me Huey
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Sun 22 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.
That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness.

They are in the business to make money.
The only other way is that the cruise ship sues the first people who are sick even with a cough to offset the actions by other passengers.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.[/p][/quote]That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness. They are in the business to make money.[/p][/quote]The only other way is that the cruise ship sues the first people who are sick even with a cough to offset the actions by other passengers. loosehead
  • Score: 0

10:02pm Sun 22 Jun 14

On the inside says...

forest hump wrote:
halo-man wrote:
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.
It is nothing to do with the EU, nutter.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halo-man[/bold] wrote: Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.[/p][/quote]Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.[/p][/quote]It is nothing to do with the EU, nutter. On the inside
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Sun 22 Jun 14

blackmasquerade says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.
That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness.

They are in the business to make money.
I don't believe that would be the case. Cruise lines try to do everything they can to avoid NV as it can be costly to eradicate so prevention is better than cure.

I don't believe the cruise line should be open to being sued in such circumstances as it's not their fault, in JD same way that train operating companies/Network Rail should not be fined for delays beyond their control such as a suicide for example. I've done over 20 cruises without problem. Maybe I've been lucky but I've always followed the instructions. Those unfortunate to have suffered NV should accept it's one of those things & claim off their own insurance if necessary.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Make the passengers sign a dis claimer form before they board the ship so if they get ill they can't claim.[/p][/quote]That would give the 'Green Light' to the cruise operators to cut corners with regard cleanliness. They are in the business to make money.[/p][/quote]I don't believe that would be the case. Cruise lines try to do everything they can to avoid NV as it can be costly to eradicate so prevention is better than cure. I don't believe the cruise line should be open to being sued in such circumstances as it's not their fault, in JD same way that train operating companies/Network Rail should not be fined for delays beyond their control such as a suicide for example. I've done over 20 cruises without problem. Maybe I've been lucky but I've always followed the instructions. Those unfortunate to have suffered NV should accept it's one of those things & claim off their own insurance if necessary. blackmasquerade
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Huey says...

All cruises should be self catering with a waitrose instead of a dining hall and a kitchenette in every cabin. Jobs a goodun.
All cruises should be self catering with a waitrose instead of a dining hall and a kitchenette in every cabin. Jobs a goodun. Huey
  • Score: 0

10:47pm Sun 22 Jun 14

EarlyRiser says...

Irwin Mitchell legal specialist Jennifer Downing said: “Any reports of illness on board cruise ships or at holiday resorts across the world are a concern but it is a particular concern that this is the fourth year in a row that we have been asked by passengers to help following episodes of illness on board

been asked by passengers my @rse, more like you phoned everyone until you found the 'everybody else's fault' brigade

sick of these b...dy parasite lawyers
Irwin Mitchell legal specialist Jennifer Downing said: “Any reports of illness on board cruise ships or at holiday resorts across the world are a concern but it is a particular concern that this is the fourth year in a row that we have been asked by passengers to help following episodes of illness on board been asked by passengers my @rse, more like you phoned everyone until you found the 'everybody else's fault' brigade sick of these b...dy parasite lawyers EarlyRiser
  • Score: 3

11:01am Mon 23 Jun 14

forest hump says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
forest hump wrote:
halo-man wrote:
Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.
Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.
And the proof of any of that load of **** is?
So passengers do not have bad habits and the EU do not interfere? Well, sunshine, you need to open your eyes before criticising. Or on the other hand you could well be a Euro supporter who cannot take any bad press
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halo-man[/bold] wrote: Cruise ships don't have the virus onboard, it is brought onboard by the great un-washed coming for a cruise! I worked onboard for many many years whitnessing the disgusting habits of passengers! Look at yourselves before blaming the cruise line.[/p][/quote]Apart from the shameful habits of the passengers, the standards of disinfecting materials have dropped because of interference by the EU et al. Chlorine based components will destroy the Norovirus bug completely. Unfortunately, the cleaning materials of today are largely ineffective.[/p][/quote]And the proof of any of that load of **** is?[/p][/quote]So passengers do not have bad habits and the EU do not interfere? Well, sunshine, you need to open your eyes before criticising. Or on the other hand you could well be a Euro supporter who cannot take any bad press forest hump
  • Score: 0

11:05am Mon 23 Jun 14

forest hump says...

Huey wrote:
All cruises should be self catering with a waitrose instead of a dining hall and a kitchenette in every cabin. Jobs a goodun.
So it's OK for people not to sanitise their hands after wiping their backsides? Your solution, although creative, does not address root cause.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: All cruises should be self catering with a waitrose instead of a dining hall and a kitchenette in every cabin. Jobs a goodun.[/p][/quote]So it's OK for people not to sanitise their hands after wiping their backsides? Your solution, although creative, does not address root cause. forest hump
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

EcoHydra says...

Hi there, I'm from the PR & Marketing department from EcoHydra. We thought it would be useful to comment on this article and let you know a nice easy and effective way to stay safe and avoid the Norovirus on cruise ship.
The Norovirus is rife on Cruise Ships and often brought on board and spread by passengers and crew, so the first place you should exercise caution is getting onboard the ship and grabbing the handrails, which are touched by everyone when boarding and disembarking. EcoHydra has devloped an alcohol-free hand sanitiser, which quickly kills up to 99.9999% of germs and is truly effective against the Norovirus, unlike other standard hand rubs. It also has proven efficiency against other stubborn bacteria you’re likely to find on a cruise ship. By applying EcoHydra regularly throughout your trip, you're likely to avoid the Norovirus and stay germ and bacteria free!
Hope this helps!
Thanks,
EcoHydra
Hi there, I'm from the PR & Marketing department from EcoHydra. We thought it would be useful to comment on this article and let you know a nice easy and effective way to stay safe and avoid the Norovirus on cruise ship. The Norovirus is rife on Cruise Ships and often brought on board and spread by passengers and crew, so the first place you should exercise caution is getting onboard the ship and grabbing the handrails, which are touched by everyone when boarding and disembarking. EcoHydra has devloped an alcohol-free hand sanitiser, which quickly kills up to 99.9999% of germs and is truly effective against the Norovirus, unlike other standard hand rubs. It also has proven efficiency against other stubborn bacteria you’re likely to find on a cruise ship. By applying EcoHydra regularly throughout your trip, you're likely to avoid the Norovirus and stay germ and bacteria free! Hope this helps! Thanks, EcoHydra EcoHydra
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

X Old Bill says...

EcoHydra wrote:
Hi there, I'm from the PR & Marketing department from EcoHydra. We thought it would be useful to comment on this article and let you know a nice easy and effective way to stay safe and avoid the Norovirus on cruise ship.
The Norovirus is rife on Cruise Ships and often brought on board and spread by passengers and crew, so the first place you should exercise caution is getting onboard the ship and grabbing the handrails, which are touched by everyone when boarding and disembarking. EcoHydra has devloped an alcohol-free hand sanitiser, which quickly kills up to 99.9999% of germs and is truly effective against the Norovirus, unlike other standard hand rubs. It also has proven efficiency against other stubborn bacteria you’re likely to find on a cruise ship. By applying EcoHydra regularly throughout your trip, you're likely to avoid the Norovirus and stay germ and bacteria free!
Hope this helps!
Thanks,
EcoHydra
The clue to the error in this sales pitch is the word BACTERIA.
Anti-bacterial sanitisers work against bacteria.
They only have a limited effect against viruses in conjunction with good hygeine, including thorough washing using soap and hot water.
Norovirus is a virus, not a bacteria.
[quote][p][bold]EcoHydra[/bold] wrote: Hi there, I'm from the PR & Marketing department from EcoHydra. We thought it would be useful to comment on this article and let you know a nice easy and effective way to stay safe and avoid the Norovirus on cruise ship. The Norovirus is rife on Cruise Ships and often brought on board and spread by passengers and crew, so the first place you should exercise caution is getting onboard the ship and grabbing the handrails, which are touched by everyone when boarding and disembarking. EcoHydra has devloped an alcohol-free hand sanitiser, which quickly kills up to 99.9999% of germs and is truly effective against the Norovirus, unlike other standard hand rubs. It also has proven efficiency against other stubborn bacteria you’re likely to find on a cruise ship. By applying EcoHydra regularly throughout your trip, you're likely to avoid the Norovirus and stay germ and bacteria free! Hope this helps! Thanks, EcoHydra[/p][/quote]The clue to the error in this sales pitch is the word BACTERIA. Anti-bacterial sanitisers work against bacteria. They only have a limited effect against viruses in conjunction with good hygeine, including thorough washing using soap and hot water. Norovirus is a virus, not a bacteria. X Old Bill
  • Score: 0

3:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

News Fanatic says...

espanuel wrote:
funchal wrote:
I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.
I was at sea in the 60's and still cant under stand this norovirus that effects these cruise ships. We run the Atlantic every 12 days and the only thing we had was sea sickness. I cannot remember anytime sailing with Cunard where they had a health problem.
It is exactly the same in hospitals with this bug. Going back to 60/70's no problems.
HIV/Aids was not a problem until the early 1980s either.
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]funchal[/bold] wrote: I was at sea in the 1970's and 1980's and all the ships I worked on never had norovirus. It seems so strange that nowadays this norovirus affects several ships.We certainly weren't as clean as these new ships, with there washing of hands and all the rest of the deep cleansing they do.[/p][/quote]I was at sea in the 60's and still cant under stand this norovirus that effects these cruise ships. We run the Atlantic every 12 days and the only thing we had was sea sickness. I cannot remember anytime sailing with Cunard where they had a health problem. It is exactly the same in hospitals with this bug. Going back to 60/70's no problems.[/p][/quote]HIV/Aids was not a problem until the early 1980s either. News Fanatic
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