Cruise Ship

Norwegian Dawn

Incident Type

Cruise Illness / Virus Outbreaks

Date of Accident

February 24, 2024

Location of Accident

Approaching Port Louis, Mauritius

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On the evening of February 24, 2024, the Norwegian Dawn faced significant challenges when Mauritian maritime authorities denied the vessel entry to Port Louis, Mauritius, due to concerns over a potential illness outbreak onboard. The decision to bypass Reunion Island and arrive a day early in Mauritius was met with unexpected restrictions aimed at mitigating health risks associated with cholera or gastrointestinal (GI)/Norovirus symptoms presented by passengers.

Details of the Incident

A representative from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) disclosed that 15 passengers exhibited mild GI illness symptoms during the voyage. Captain Hakan Svedung informed passengers about the potential cholera outbreak onboard, leading to heightened health precautions. The ship, carrying approximately 2000 tourists, had planned simultaneous disembarkation and embarkation in Port Louis, which was subsequently delayed until February 27th.

Operational Context

This incident occurred during a 12-day voyage from Port Louis to Cape Town, with planned stops in Reunion Island, Madagascar, and South Africa. The itinerary adjustments and health concerns arose amidst broader cholera outbreaks reported across southern Africa, highlighting the critical importance of disease prevention and management in cruise operations.

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