Diamond Princess docks in Sydney with more than 150 sick passengers

Richard Laycock 4 February 2016

Possible outbreak of noro virus affects ship docked in Sydney

Diamond Pincess Cruise Ship

There has been another outbreak of gastro on a cruise ship and this time it's on the Diamond Princess.

The Diamond Princess docked in Sydney this morning at 7am, reportedly carrying 158 sick passengers and crew members.

The ship and its crew have instituted heightened control measures in order to stem the spread of the virus. This includes increased sanitation and additional cleaning and hygiene procedures.

The situation at the overseas passenger terminal is reminiscent of the December incident aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, which saw 182 passengers board struck down by the virus.

This is only the second outbreak of the dreaded noro virus aboard the Diamond Princess in the last decade.

This latest noro virus incident is the 20th aboard a Princess Cruise Line (the operator of the Diamond Princess) vessel in the last five years. It's also the second for the cruise line this year, following an outbreak of the noro virus on the Crown Princess in January.

Have you been affected by the noro virus on a cruise ship? Find out if it's covered by your travel insurance. Read our full guide to the noro virus and cruise ships.

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