Lonely Planet Writer

Norovirus forces early return of Fred Olsen cruise

Balmoral cruise ship docked in Madeira, Portugal.
Balmoral cruise ship docked in Madeira, Portugal. Image by www.GlynLowe.com / CC BY 2.0

The Fred Olsen cruise ship Balmoral was forced to return to the UK a day early after an estimated 300 passengers were struck down with norovirus. The cruiseliner had been on a voyage through the Norwegian fjords when passengers became ill, but the itinerary was cut short after the company admitted the outbreak had ‘the potential to compromise’ efforts to keep the vessel sanitised. Read more: dailymail.co.uk