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Pacific cruise liner passengers struck by gastro on board

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About 200 people have been struck down with gastro onboard a cruise ship that docked in Brisbane on Thursday morning.

The Sea Princess, part of the Princess Cruises fleet, is completing the final leg of a two-week round trip between Brisbane and New Zealand, Pacific Beat reports.

It is at least the fourth Australian cruise ship that has been dogged with gastro in the past 12 months.

Queensland Health confirmed on-board testing found norovirus to be the cause of increased gastro cases.

“Around 200 people were believed to have been infected with the virus,” a spokesperson said.

“Appropriate sanitation procedures and outbreak control measures have been implemented and the vessel is expected to undergo further comprehensive cleaning while in Brisbane.”

In an email to passengers, Princess Cruises said it had been “carrying out a comprehensive sanitation program in coordination with several international public health authorities”.

“We have also arranged for the ship to undergo an additional disinfection in Brisbane,” the company said.

The Sea Princess can hold up to 2,000 guests and 910 crew, and features a four-storey atrium, casino, pools and sporting facilities.

Fares for the 14-day New Zealand cruise range from $2,000 to $6,600 per person.

The Sea Princess’ sister ship the Sun Princess was dogged with several gastro outbreaks last year.