Quarantine passengers free of flu

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Quarantined cruise ship Pacific Dawn arrived back in Sydney today after cutting short its voyage to Australia’s Barrier Reef when three members of the crew tested positive for swine flu.
A team of 25 nurses joined the ship at Brisbane on Saturday and carried out tests on all 2,500 passengers and crew. The number of people found to have contracted the virus? None.
Despite missing several ports of call, passengers seemed happy with the compensation offered by P&O Australia. They get will 75 per cent of the cost of this cruise back, and can claim a 25 per cent discount on a future booking.
“If you had to be quarantined somewhere I couldn’t have thought of a better place … because we got fed, the drinks tasted the same and the staff were fantastic,” said passenger David Geers of Brisbane.
“The majority of people on board had a good time. They’re obviously disappointed that we missed out on our ports of call, but it was a fantastic trip.”
Murray Cooper, from Sydney, was unconcerned about the swine flu scare. “I think I feel better now than when I got on,” he said. “I’ve been lying in the sun – it was beautiful.”
The three crew members will remain in quarantine until Tuesday, and the ship will be cleaned and sanitised before setting out on its next cruise on Thursday.

By | 2009-06-01T15:05:24+00:00 1 June 2009|Cruise news|0 Comments

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