Investigation Update on the Noordam

Cruise Line: Holland America Line

Cruise Ship: Noordam

Voyage Dates:10/16 – 11/1

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers: 159 of 1826(8.71%)

Number of ill crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew: 19 of 784 (2.42%)

Predominant symptoms: diarrhea and vomiting

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Holland America Line and the crew onboard the ship took the following actions:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection according to their outbreak prevention and response plan
  • Made announcements to both notify passengers and encourage case reporting
  • Sent two corporate public health officials to the ship to assist with the outbreak response and management
  • Made the required initial notification report to CDC Vessel Sanitation Program and continue to make update reports twice daily
  • Are collecting clinical specimens from passenger and crew cases to be submitted to CDC laboratories for analysis
  • Have a cleaning/disinfection team scheduled to board when the ship arrives in Ft. Lauderdale

CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program will have two officers meeting the ship in Ft. Lauderdale to conduct a targeted environmental review of the outbreak and response activities.

On the voyage immediately following the outbreak, the case counts for both passenger and crew returned to expected levels.


Page last reviewed: October 28, 2009 (archived document)