Fred Olsen cruise liner stuck in Portland, Maine, with 26 percent of passengers sick


This is a cruise passengers won’t forget. The place: Portland, Maine, USA. 27 percent of the passengers on US-bound cruise ship Balmoral, operated by Fred Olsen are sick and under surveillance by the US Centers for Disease Control for norovirus. The voyage began April 16 and was scheduled to end May 20.

The CDC reported 252 of 919 passengers onboard have become ill. Eight crew members of 520 have also gotten sick.

Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is the bug that sickened many people at Chipotle restaurants across the country.

The CDC said the ship has increased its cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Two CDC health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship during its stop in Baltimore, Maryland, last week.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling was due to visit the ship Sunday morning.

Officials from the Fred Olson did not respond to eTN requests for comments.