The majority of passengers on a cruise ship carrying possible flu victims have been allowed to disembark in southern France.
The “Voyager of the Seas” cruise ship docked at the port of Marseilles today after health tests. There are 3,600 passengers on board. Philippe Ramon, deputy prefect of the region Bouches du Rhone said “The debarking was authorised. Of course, if someone would come up with symptoms they would have to call the number 15 alert. But that scenario is unlikely,” he said. 150 people who no longer show signs of flu remain in quarantine as a precautionary measure. It was also not clear whether it was a question of so called swine flu or more common flu symptoms. Two passengers said their only concern was not being allowed to go eat the famous bouillabaise fish soup. The ship’s owner, US-Norwegian company Royal Caribbean said it had tested more than 60 crew members and passengers with flu-like symptoms on board the cruise ship. It stated that all tests had been negative, but as a precaution every person with symptoms had been given an anti-viral drug.