HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall christens Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria Just when you thought you’ve seen it all from the British press here comes another stomach turning headline – literally. An outbreak of norovirus has been reported onboard Cunard’s new Queen Victoria and they are blaming it on HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.According to Cunard, 78 passengers have become infected with the bug, but what does this have to do with the Duchess?  Absolutely nothing, but that doesn’t stop the British tabloids from a good Camilla conspiracy theory.

You see London’s Daily Mail is reporting the big reason for the norovirus outbreak is because the ship is “cursed” and it’s all Camilla’s fault.  The Daily Mail states the “curse” was caused by the first ceremonial champagne bottle not breaking against the ship’s hull during the naming ceremony on December 10 that was presided over by Camilla.  No worries, as this journalist observed the backup bottle broke just fine so the Duchess did not put a hex on the Queen Victoria. 

Even worse the Daily Mail goes on to sensationalize the bug by deeming it a “killer” that is spread by “food handlers who fail to wash properly.” That’s a highly incorrect statement. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, passengers are more often the catalyst for spreading norovirus, not crewmembers. The Queen Victoria carries 2,014 passengers and 78 afflicted guests amounts to less than 1 percent of all passengers. The CDC considers an outbreak to be when more than 2 percent of the passengers become infected. Currently, Queen Victoria’s crew has deployed the necessary protocol to deal with the virus and to stop it from spreading.  Nevertheless, according to the Daily Mail, passengers plan to sue Cunard for the inconvenience.

This is not the first time a brand new ship has been hit with norovirus on its maiden voyage. In May, several hundred passengers onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas became infected with the nasty norovirus.

For more information on the Queen Victoria and norovirus you might be interested in these articles:

A new ‘Queen’ of the world
Code Red: Norovirus aboard ship
Passengers can make a ship sick

Watch ExpertCruiser’s video of Camilla christening the Queen Victoria:


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