The restaurants on board of the vessel and finger food stopped being served to the passengers.
Almost 200 passengers on board one of the world’s largest cruise ships have been struck down with a diarrhoea and vomiting after enjoying a “bottomless buffet.”
The mighty Ovation Of The Seas, which has more than 5,800 had been at sea for 14 days after a trip to Singapore when 195 passengers reported suffering from a gastrointestinal illness.
One of the passengers posted a video on Facebook showing corridors painted by members of the crew in the industrial cleaning suits after the dock in Hobart, Tasmania.
“I’m here now, and basically a sitting duck with people in both cabins both sides are not doing well with the stomach,” another person commented on the video.
“They do everything to prevent further illness. I could hear them last night to do this spray out of my hut.”
Other reported restaurants may not be open, finger food had been stopped and a galley tour was cancelled.
A letter posted on the internet turned out to be the Bottomless Brunch service had been cut back after the outbreak.
Other passengers praised the crew of the combat of the outbreak.
“The ship will do anything to check it out, you wash your hands at least a dozen times per day. Their hygiene is in the first class, it is clearly a passenger who brought it on,” a passenger told the ABC.
Members of the crew decked out in the industrial cleaning suits, complete with masks, were seen spraying down the corridors of the luxury liner in the video posted on Facebook of Royal Caribbean International, which owns the ship, said dozens of receiving over-the-counter medication for gastro-enteritis.
The ship will be “completely disinfected and cleaned,” as soon as it arrives at the next port in Sydney, and before new passengers on board.
Tasmania’s Director of public Health Mark Veitch said five people from the ship was brought to the hospital, but could not confirm or were suffering from the stomach.
“The outbreak of the very contagious conditions such as gastrointestinal and respiratory illness can occur in the cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-sized city, mix together closely,” he said.
Ovation of the Seas is expected to leave Tasmania this afternoon.
“Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship of the doctors with over-the-counter medication and we hope that all our guests feel better soon,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“Meanwhile, we are taking steps, such as intensive sanitation procedures to reduce the risk of further problems.”
“We communicate well-established educational hand hygiene for all passengers and the crew. Hand -washing basins are equipped with key dining options and hand sanitizers in all of the restaurants and bar inputs, where the crew is encouraging guests to make use of the sanitizing hand of the product.”
“It is absolutely necessary that all guests who are experiencing or have experienced no symptoms of the disease to advise us as soon as possible, so that they can be provided the care required to prevent further spread.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun.