PortandTerminal.com, December 1, 2019
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics treated 10 people aboard the Norwegian Joy cruise ship for minor medical complaints after the ship docked early Sunday, the LAFD said. It is the second incident of this type on the same ship in the past week. What’s the big deal?
LOS ANGELES – Several guests aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship at the Port of Los Angeles were evaluated by paramedics Sunday morning for flu-like symptoms — a week after a similar incident on the same ship led to routine, precautionary hospitalizations. Neither of the incidents is considered to have been life-threatening for any of those involved. A little diarrhoea and upset tummies according to media reports.
In the most recent incident Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics treated 10 people aboard the ship for minor medical complaints after the ship docked early Sunday, the LAFD said.
The patients, on a Mexican Riviera cruise, had “minor medical complaints” and “none were transported to hospitals“, the LAFD said about Sunday’s incident. It was not immediately clear what caused their illness.
In last week’s similar incident, six people fell ill while the ship was docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Of the six people examined by paramedics, four were sent to a hospital for further routine medical treatment, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
Both incidents happened aboard the Norwegian Joy, a luxury cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line that travels from the West Coast to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal from Miami and L.A. It was built in 2017, refurbished this year and holds up to 3,804 guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line employed special cleaning and disinfection procedures in response to the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
The CDC estimates that anywhere from 5% to 20% of us will get the flu each year. That means on a cruise ship like the Norwegian Joy with 3,804 passengers on board you can expect between 190 to 761 passengers to get the flu annually. With those numbers in mind, does it seem out of the ordinary that 10 or so people on a cruise ship the size of a small town came down with the tummy rumbles and a little diarrhoea at the same time? Not in our opinion, nor in the CDC’s.
Nevertheless, some of those who fell ill complained that they were “treated poorly” as they were 1) isolated and 2) told they could not go to other areas of the ship. Both of those measures sound like common sense when dealing with a contagious disease, but call us old-fashioned.
The passengers also complained that they were “not given vouchers or any other sort of compensation for the disappointing experience”.
The passengers also said they were not given vouchers or any other sort of compensation for the “disappointing experience”.
Both of these recent incidents raise two important questions. Why do so many people seem to get sick on cruise ships? Read more on that question here.
The second question it raises is why are do so many cruise passengers seem like over-entitled complainers? We have no answers to this second question, just evidence to support our firm belief that it is true. Read more here: Snowflake cruise passengers mad and sad after ship avoids storm for their own safety.
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