Cruise Ship

Norwegian Dawn

Incident Type

Cruise Illness Outbreak (Denied Entry)

Date of Accident

February 24, 2024

Location of Accident

Port Louis, Mauritius

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On February 24, 2024, the Norwegian Dawn faced a significant health crisis, leading Mauritian authorities to deny the ship’s entry to Port Louis, Mauritius, due to a suspected illness outbreak onboard. The ship, which arrived a day ahead of schedule after bypassing Reunion Island, was under scrutiny for potential cholera or GI/Norovirus cases among its passengers.

Details of the Incident

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported that 15 passengers exhibited symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness, prompting concerns of a cholera outbreak. The ship’s Master, Captain Hakan Svedung, communicated the situation to the passengers, indicating the gravity of the health concerns. Consequently, the planned disembarkation and embarkation of passengers in Port Louis were postponed to February 27.

Operational Context

This incident occurred during Norwegian Dawn’s 12-day voyage from Port Louis to Cape Town, which included scheduled stops in Madagascar and South Africa. The health scare and subsequent denial of port entry disrupted the itinerary and raised alarms about the spread of infectious diseases, echoing broader cholera concerns in southern Africa.

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