Passengers permitted off cruise ship in Santa Barbara Harbor
April 9, 2014
More than 50 Crown Princess cruise ship passengers who appear to be sick with the Norovirus will be required to remain on board while non-ill passengers will be permitted to leave the ship currently docked in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Officials with the Santa Barbara County Health Department inspected the ship around 8 a.m. on Wednesday and deemed it save for healthy passengers to leave.
On Monday, about 37 passengers on the Crown Princess reported being sick while the ship was in San Francisco. Medical staff believe the cause of the illness is the Norovirus, which has flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.
The ship is on a seven-day cruise that began in Los Angeles on Saturday and ends in Santa Barbara. Ship staff is working to disinfect surfaces and ill passengers are being encouraged to stay in their rooms.