Norovirus strikes cruise ship docked in Vancouver; 61 passengers ill

The Star Princess cruise ship is having a slightly longer stay in Vancouver than expected due to an outbreak of norovirus.

In all, 61 passengers fell ill, according to the cruise line, and a small number were reportedly taken to hospital.

The ship came into Canada Place early this morning after a 15-day Hawaiian cruise.

“We saw an increase in guests with gastrointestinal illness on the previous voyage,” confirmed a spokesperson with Princess Cruises.

“As a result, we’re conducting enhanced cleaning today in Vancouver, delaying embarkation for the next cruise to 5:30 p.m. this evening.”

Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain and is transmitted through contaminated food, water and by person-to-person contact.