27 February 2010

Cruise ship passengers wander Charleston

Celebrity Mercury, Waterfront Park, Charleston, S.C.

Ugghh. Not sure I'd be wanting to be first back on the ship after so many people got sick on its recent voyage. Charleston was swarming with passengers who had an unexpected day to wander the city while the ship was being cleaned. I knew at least three couples who were on the ship although I haven't heard if they were among the sick.

Celebrity Mercury Sailing Postponed:
After a widespread outbreak of stomach illness aboard Celebrity Cruises Mercury sailing from Charleston, South Carolina, the cruise liner will depart a day late as unscheduled deep-cleaning is performed.

The ship arrived in Charleston after an 11-night sailing on which an estimated 419 of the 1,830 passengers on board were afflicted with a suspected Norovirus. Delayed until 5PM Saturday, the ship and cruise terminal are being cleaned in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).