Norwegian cruise quarantined due to stomach illness cases on board

Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Dawn arrives at Port Canaveral.
Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Dawn arrives at Port Canaveral.

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius ― Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn arrived in Port Louis Monday after being quarantined off the coast of Mauritius with a reported stomach illness onboard. The ship was originally scheduled to arrive Sunday.

In a statement, Norwegian said "a small number of guests" were experiencing "mild symptoms of a stomach-related illness." The cruise from Mauritius to Cape Town that was originally scheduled to depart on Sunday will now embark passengers in Port Louis on Tuesday, though travelers have not yet received a finalized itinerary.

Norwegian Dawn was on a 12-day itinerary from Cape Town to Port Louis that started on Feb. 13 when the health issues were first reported.

"We have elevated our sanitation procedures aboard the ship as part of our routine measures to ensure a safe environment for all on board and will continue to take any necessary measures to protect our guests, crew and destinations we visit,” a Norwegian spokesperson said in an earlier statement.

Norwegian is providing complimentary hotel accommodations for guests until they are able to board, and assisting current guests on the ship with travel arrangements.

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