Holland America Line's 1,266-passenger ms Ryndam has been forced to cut short its 14-day cruise round-trip from the United Kingdom due to a Norovirus outbreak.
Ryndam will return to Harwich on Friday (July 3), which is a day early, so staff could perform a deep clean before ship's next cruise. The upcoming sailing, a 14-day "Voyage of the Midnight Sun", is due to depart on time on Saturday (July 4).
A statement from HAL read that during the Northern Isle 14-day cruise aboard Ryndam, round-trip from Harwich that departed on June 20, "a high number of guests reported to the infirmary".
Illness' pattern strongly suggested the cause was the common Norovirus, which was easily transmitted from traveler to traveler, especially if meticulous attention was not paid to personal hygiene. The statement also read that at the first sign of increase in cases, they had immediately initiated "enhanced sanitation procedures to interrupt the spread of this virus".