CDC Investigates Norovirus Outbreak on Disney’s Wonder Ship After 145 Passengers Fall Ill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 131 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship fell ill to a norovirus outbreak last week.  The typical symptoms of the norovirus are very unpleasant and include projectile vomiting and diarrhea.  

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Whatever policies and procedures Disney typically utilizes to prevent this type of disaster failed on this cruise, and I am sure they are scrambling to figure out where the procedure broke down.   In December, the ship had registered a nearly perfect CDC inspection score.

Disney cruise ships are among the cleanest and safest and enjoy usually high scores when the CDC inspects their sanitary conditions.  However, the Wonder is the second oldest ship in the Disney fleet, and perhaps it is time to for Disney to consider an overhaul.

While the official cause has yet to be determined in this case, typically norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships like these start with passengers spreading fecal-based germs on surfaces like door handles, tables, and stairway railings.  The Wonder is the tenth ship to report an outbreak so far in 2016.   

The other ships, their lines, cruise dates, and the outbreaks’ causes: (Check CDC’s website for updated information)

Cruise Line Cruise Ship Sailing Dates Causative Agent
Disney Cruise Line Disney Wonder 4/27 – 5/1 Unknown
Fred Olsen Cruises Balmoral 4/16 – 5/20 Norovirus
Oceania Cruises Oceania Riviera 3/20 – 4/2 Norovirus
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem 3/12 – 3/22 Norovirus
Silversea Cruises Silver Spirit 3/3 – 3/21 Unknown
Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Sunshine 2/21 – 3/5 Norovirus
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Anthem of the Seas 2/21 – 3/4 Norovirus
Princess Cruises Ocean Princess 2/13 – 3/7 Norovirus and Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC)
Oceania Cruises Oceania Riviera 2/12 – 2/22 Norovirus
Princess Cruises Crown Princess 1/8 – 1/18 Norovirus


Are you thinking of  taking a cruise this summer? Our cruise ship accident lawyers strongly recommend you review the CDC’s Green Sheet before booking your cabin.  The Green Sheet provides the CDC scores for every cruise line and each cruise ship that ports in the United States.

Cruising can be a wonderful way to relax and see the world, but it is important to do some research about your potential vessel in order to avoid some of the health risks associated with cruise-ship travel.

For example, Carnival’s Ecstasy is a ship we would advise you to avoid.  The Ecstasy was inspected by the CDC on March 31, 2016, and found to have numerous serious health-jeopardizing deficiencies with how it operated its potable water supply, food preparation, and its recreational water park.  Mold, food waste, inadequate monitoring, and failure to post warning signs were all documented by the CDC.   As of today, May 3, 2016–more than a month after the inspection–Carnival has yet to file its corrective report with the CDC.  

We believe that the majority of cruise ship-related accidents and illnesses can be avoided. However, when cruise lines put their profits ahead of passenger safety, people can get seriously hurt.  Our law office is located in Miami, Florida, and we concentrate on representing passengers in claims and lawsuits against all the cruise lines–such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, SilverSeas, Regents, Holland America, Princess, and suing Disney Cruise Lines.

If you have been hurt aboard a cruise, on an excursion, or while in port, call our office today and speak to an experienced cruise ship passenger injury attorney.  Our firm has nearly 75 years of combined legal experience holding the cruise lines accountable for lost wages, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of the cruise, and pain and suffering.

We are available today to provide you with a free initial consultation via SKYPE, FACETIME, EMAIL at [email protected] or simply by calling us, toll-free at 1-866-597-4529, or at 305-441-0440.