Fred. Olsen cruise canceled due to Noro outbreak

By ,   June 17, 2015 ,   Accidents

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was forced to cancel a forthcoming voyage after another Norovirus outbreak on one of its ships.

The company canceled the June 20th (this Saturday's) 3-night Belgium and France Mini-Cruise on mv Balmoral due to a Noro outbreak. The next voyage, a 10-night round-U.K. sailing departing June 23, is unaffected.

In May 2015, Fred. Olsen had to cut short an 8-night Norwegian Fjords voyage on Balmoral due to an outbreak of "gastro-enteritis type illness".

The current 11-night cruise Scandinavian Discovery, which departed on June 9 out of Southampton, will return as scheduled. There, the ship will undergo a deep cleaning ahead of its next sailing.

In a  statement the line announced that was the best course of action to give the ship a clear "fire break", providing the best opportunity for the virus "to be removed from any surfaces".

Passengers were offered to transfer to a later sailing, including two-week voyages for an additional £250. In case the new price is lower than that of the canceled cruise, Fred. Olsen will refund the value in onboard credit.

Passengers are free to opt for a full refund and a future voucher worth 25% of the original cruise.