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Norovirus strikes Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship

Norovirus outbreak strikes passengers aboard newly renovated cruise ship

A case of norovirus has been reported on the Marella Explorer 2.

Marella Explorer 2 is currently at the port of Olbia on the Italian island of Sardinia. A spokesperson for Tui, the parent company of Marella Cruises which operates the vessel, told The Telegraph that a small number of passengers began feeling unwell last week.

“We are working closely with our team to monitor the situation and have implemented additional health and safety procedures on top of already stringent protocols to prevent any further customers falling ill,” a spokesperson said.

“We’d like to reassure customers that this week’s itinerary continues to operate as planned and would like to remind customers that we regularly audit all of the cruise ships we feature in respect of health and safety, including hygiene.”

Marella Explorer 2 is an adults-only cruise ship and has a capacity of 1,800 guests. It launched in April.