(3:15 p.m. BST) — Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has been denied entry to Aqaba in Jordan and Salalah in Oman because of a norovirus outbreak onboard the ship.
Of the 2,403 guests onboard, Cunard confirmed that only two guests had confirmed symptoms of the gastro illness.
A spokesperson for Cunard said: «Despite extensive negotiations with relevant port authorities, Queen Mary 2 has been refused entry into Aqaba today following a minor outbreak of gastro illness onboard.»
Cunard confirmed that guests who had booked shore excursions in the two ports of Aqaba and Salalah will receive automatic refunds. Guests will now miss out on excursions such as a trip to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra in Jordan.
The ship — which is currently on a 120-day world voyage, arriving back in Southampton on May 10 — will continue its journey, through the Suez Canal, calling at Limassol in Cyprus one day early, on April 28, immediately followed by a two-day stop in Haifa in Israel.
The story was first picked up on Cruise Critic’s Message Board Forum this morning.