This viral infection can result in serious illness and is commonly associated with cruise liners. The virus is known to spread rapidly throughout closed environments like cruise liners, resulting in some debilitating symptoms for their passengers.

Norovirus can be passed on directly from person-to-person and can survive on surfaces that have been contaminated.  Sewage-contaminated water is also a common source of this virus. Others sources can include raw shellfish, raw vegetables and salads. It is commonly spread person-to-person orally or through faecal matter.

Cause of Illness:

The spread of the norovirus is largely down to poor hygiene. For example, food handlers that have failed to wash their hands adequately will contaminate food products, which are then consumed by others resulting in illness. Surfaces that are not cleaned regularly or effectively can harbour the virus, which is easily contracted by the next person to touch it.

Symptoms of the Norovirus can include:

  • Projectile vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Raised temperature

Less common symptoms of the Norovirus can include:

  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Muscular Pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dry mouth, eyes and lips

Onset of Illness: 12 – 48 hours from contamination.

Duration of Illness: 24 – 48 hours (rarely longer).

It is your tour operators’ responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe, clean and hygienic experience.

If you have fallen ill whilst on an all-inclusive holiday get in touch with a member of our team.  We have over 10 years industry experience and we will be happy to help you through the process of claiming back the cost of your holiday plus any additional compensation you may be owed.


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