Royal Caribbean may have intentionally misreported the information necessary for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC monitors and administers control of potential disease outbreaks aboard ships. A disease outbreak DID OCCUR aboard the Voyager of the Seas on three (3) cruises in a row this Spring (2005). Royal Caribbean and the 'Voyager of the Seas' provided the information below to the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). The CDC sent the information to me personally. Here are the three (3) outbreaks and the cruise dates for 2005:
(1) For the cruise starting May 15 and ending May 20, there were 45 passengers and 14 crew infected.
(2) For the cruise starting May 20 and ending May 29, there were 85 passengers and 14 crew infected.
(3) For the cruise starting May 29 and ending June 3, there were 3 passengers and 0 crew infected.
Were you sick on any of these cruises, or after you got home from them? Did you have an extreme stomach illness? Did you leave the ship throwing up?
The numbers in the three (3) listed items above are only for those passengers who reported to the ship's Medical Center on Deck #1. I saw the list of the people actually isolated, interfaced with some of them, and spoke to many others who chose not to see the ship’s doctor for fear of being similarly isolated, rightfully or wrongfully. The population of infected passengers was under-reported between 50 and 100 percent. Did Royal Caribbean have a financial motive for conducting 'business-as-usual' and being dishonest with the CDC? What do you think?
In order for the CDC VSP to devise and implement effective strategies to prevent recurrence of similar outbreaks, the cruise line must first be factual and straightforward about their reporting statistics. If a serious disease outbreak is 'under-reported', effective remedies cannot take place.
The real question is, what were the actual levels of these outbreaks? If Royal Caribbean's medical center statistics are either 'artificial' or have been intentionally manipulated to minimize the actual population affected, the outbreak does not appear on the 'radar'. The absence of a thorough inspection after three (3) successive infectious outbreaks favors Royal Caribbean financially. Does Royal Caribbean return your lost cruise costs? No, they don't.
Did the Voyager of the Seas give boarding passengers a choice before sailing on three infected ships? No, they were denied the choice three (3) times. Where is the cruise lines responsibility? Is this the way to intentionally run a business?
Want to read about how really dirty and infected your cruise ship is? Go to: http://www .cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/default.htm
I wrote Adam M. Goldstein, President of Royal Caribbean International. Adam Goldstein's letter to me said, "I apologize that your cruise was not at all what you had hoped for..." Now that is an understatement! Mr. Goldstein should just advertise the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sanitation reports on the Royal Caribbean web site. That should make for increased business!