Spirit of Discovery Refused Entry to Gibraltar

   February 12, 2020 ,   Accidents

A cruise ship arriving in the United Kingdom reported 89 cases of guests being struck down "with fever, vomiting, and diarrhea."

Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery is scheduled to arrive in Southampton UK on Wednesday, February 12, after being denied berthing requests in Gibraltar.

Spirit of Discovery cruise ship

Port authorities turned the vessel away from shore. The accident happens while there's a heightened awareness of hygiene in the cruise industry, due to the quarantine of other ships carrying novel coronavirus.

Though it was stressed by Gibraltar that cruise passenger symptoms were not those of coronavirus, they turned Spirit of Discovery away in order to contain the contagious virus. The outbreak aboard the ship is suspected to be norovirus.

The 89 cases are a significant proportion of the mid-sized liner, which carries 868 guests and 513 crew members.

For other Spirit of Discovery accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.