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Balmoral has 12 guests confined to cabins with gastro-enteritis type illness

Balmoral has 12 guests confined to cabins with gastro-enteritis type illness

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines confirms that a gastro-enteritis type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on April 16, 2016.

There are currently 12 guests who have been required to remain in their cabins, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board - the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released, stated the cruise line Tuesday. The majority of guests on board are British.

Balmoral is currently sailing at sea and is due to arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia May 11, 2016.

'At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise, and is continuing as planned,' said Fred Olsen.

Fred. Olsen said it has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the company's strict illness containment and prevention plan. Those guests who are affected are asked to remain in their cabins during this time – with complimentary room service and in-cabin entertainment.

Fred. Olsen said it is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board.