Tourist Passenger Welfare? 21Norwegian Cruise Line Workers Test Positive For TB


We first reported this story in June when Norwegian Cruise Lines America admitted that one of its ex-crew members aboard the Pride of America was diagnosed with tuberculosis. NCL stated that it “would continue to work closely with the state and federal health officials to ensure the health and safety of all its guests and crew members”.

 It is now being reported that 21 employees of the Hawaii-based Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pride of America tested positive for tuberculosis last month. Are cruise lines taking the welfare of passengers and crew members seriously, Carroll Cox of EnviroWatch does not seem to think so.

Carroll Cox of the watchdog group EnviroWatch first tipped KITV to the problems and said the health department is covering up the TB outbreak to protect the cruise industry.

“They’re placing commercial industry, tourism over the welfare and safe being of the public,” Cox said.

Where have we heard this very comment before regarding tourism at all cost?

Posted July 20, 2007 by
Cruise Ship, Travel | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Tourist Passenger Welfare? 21Norwegian Cruise Line Workers Test Positive For TB”

    1. Joe Norman on July 20th, 2007 4:47 pm


      I contacted NCL last month about it and spoke to their VP of corporate communications. She pretty much blew me off. This takes it to a completely new level!

      Perhaps they will be more forthcoming and cooperative with an attorney?

    2. mrs. red on July 20th, 2007 7:26 pm

      You should email red..

      this story is unbelievable. Vacations should be for fun, not death or diseases!

    3. Richard on July 21st, 2007 6:06 am

      Joe Norman (#1) … If you are interested, I’d like to have you communicate with a group for which I do volunteer research. It deals with victims of cruise ship crimes, including families who have had members raped, assaulted, injured, murdered at sea … or who have just disappeared and faced a cover-up from the cruise lines.

      I think they’d like to hear about this from you.

      If you’re interested, please ask Red to forward your e-mail or let me know.

      This is astonishing … 21 people on THE SAME SHIP, and they say this is not contagious? How far are we willing to accept the idea of coincidence?

    4. Richard on July 21st, 2007 6:11 am

      I typed a similar message here before, but I don’t think it “stuck.” Joe, I’d like you to tell your story to a group for which I do volunteer research. The group is composed of people who have been raped, assaulted, or robbed while on a cruise ship, or have had a family member or loved one go through this or be murdered or disappear while at sea.

      The public has no idea of the extent of crime on cruise ships, and the powers that be which make money from this industry have no interest in their finding out.

      If you’re interested, please ask Red to send me your email. I’ll keep it confidential.

      On one ship, 21 people come down with signs of TB … and we’re told that it might not be contagious? Can we think that this is a mere coincidence?

    5. compananzi on July 21st, 2007 9:18 am

      Also let us not forget the current rise in TB cases here in the US. All you have to do is visit your local state funded clinics. There will be one of them specializing in tracking your cities issues of TB, STD and stuff like that. TB can be cured if put on a daily regiment of antibiotics, about 6 months.

    6. on July 21st, 2007 12:57 pm

      Indeed this is serious and indeed an attorney should speak to the cruise line on your behalf (and all the other unsuspecting passengers)Joe. Might even throw out the words “class action”.

      I wonder if TB did spread through the crew members (most likely) or if the crew members infected came from the same area and were already infected.

      Don’t suppose the crew came in contact with that American Attorney who decided to go to his wedding in Europe and the passengers on the same airlines be damned.

    7. chloe on July 21st, 2007 9:24 pm

      It’s not that uncommon for 21 workers on a cruise ship to test positive for tb. Many people test positive. I think there are more than 15 million people who test positive in the US and worldwide it’s 1 in 3 people. But only a small percent actually get active tb.

    8. Roslyn Rushing on February 16th, 2009 10:51 am

      I use to work on the NCL Pride of America. I now live in Hilo.Looking for ex cruise ship sworkers, who now live here. Or if you are still working.I took a TB test it was negative thank God.

    9. just another crew on May 22nd, 2009 10:07 pm

      there wiil be allways deseases on norwegian cruise lines, the crew does not have materials to work, that force them to wash the drinking glasses on the sink, in every cabin they clean, there are never enought cabin glasses. the worst part of this is that no soap is used to clean this glasses, and they used the same rag to wipe the glass.

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