A 'handful of Kiwis' on-board cruise ship that saw 200 people struck down with norovirus

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A cruise ship with Kiwis on-board has docked in Brisbane after a gastro outbreak affected around 200 passengers.

The Sea Princess had spent 14 days at sea after leaving from New Zealand.
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The outbreak caused delays for new passengers to board the Sea Princess this morning as comprehensive cleaning took place onboard, according to a Queensland Health spokesperson.

Queensland Health confirmed testing had found the norovirus had been the cause of the illness.

It comes less than six months after a similar outbreak aboard the Sea Princess's sister ship, the Sun Princess, which docked in Brisbane in August after at least 91 people contracted Norovirus.

A House of Travel expert told Breakfast authorities will do all it can to make sure the gastro outbreak on Golden Princess is contained.
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Despite the recent cases, Princess Cruises defended the safety of their ships.

"There is a 750 times greater chance of experiencing norovirus on shore than while travelling on a cruise ship," a Princess Cruises spokesman said.

1 NEWS was also told by Princess Cruises that most of those affected were locals and only a handful of Kiwis were on-board the vessel.

Symptoms of Norovirus can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramping as well as low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness.

The Sea Princess had spent 14 days at sea after departing from New Zealand.

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