You may remember the saga of the Marco Polo and norovirus. Well today, the Bremen, Germany based line, according to this Google translation, will go through a “restructuring.” This is also known in the U.S. as Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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As the vessel remains docked in Invergordon, Scotland, an autopsy of the one dead, revealed that he passed away from heart and lung problems that possibly lead to a heart attack. Three people are also at a hospital in Scotland suffering from the virus.  The BBC reports that the vessels crew did a very poor job in handling the situation. Local officials claim that the passengers were allowed off the ship, some infected with the norovirus. This lead to panic and passengers claiming to be vomiting in the streets. There apparently were no protocols in place on the ship to handle ill passengers that reached almost 50%. This situation will be interesting to follow to see if any changes are made to the town, public officials, and the line/ship.

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The Marco Polo docked in Scotland Yesterday.

Both the Telegraph and the BBC are reporting the death of a cruiser from the norovirus. The elderly man boarded Transocean Cruises Marco Polo for a cruise around the British Isles and Ireland. The man is thought to have had additional medical problems, as norovirus is not a serious medical condition.
The vessel is called at Invergordon today where the story broke. According to the BBC report, passengers were allowed off the ship, and able to freely roam the town, possibly still carrying the bug. Other reports say the ship was boarded by health officials and passengers were tested.
This is the first death of a passenger(If I’m wrong please comment or tweet me) from norovirus on a cruise ship. I’ll update with additional info if something comes up.
The Marco Polo made news in May when she had a near miss with a cliff in Norway.Marco Polo