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Steady as she goes for SWLA cruise line passengers

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A travel agent in Southwest Louisiana said Friday he is booking cruises at the same rate he has been even amidst negative headlines.

In the past week, the cruise ship industry was hit with three cases of passengers getting sick as a result of the norovirus.  

CEO of GlobeTrek, James Halphen said, "The norovirus is a type of stomach flu. It lasts about 24-48 hours. People need to remember they don't have to be on a cruise to get the norovirus. It can be picked up anywhere. Washing one's hands is important".  

Also in recent cruise news, the deadly accident that happened off the coast of Italy.

Halphen said that the Italy incident is isolated and should be viewed as a single human error rather than something wrong with the cruise ship.

But as with any precautionary measure, Halphen reminds to purchase insurance. "Insurance is based on cost of trip and the age of traveler. If your trip costs between $500-$1000 and you are 32 years of age, purchasing standard insurance, the cost would be about $56".

That $56 coverage would include (but not limited to): Emergency Medical Transportation - $500,000; Emergency Medical and Dental - $25,000; Trip interruption; and Baggage Loss.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. is the parent company of the Italian cruise line whose ship rammed a reef off a Tuscan island on Jan. 13 and capsized. At least 17 people were killed and 15 remain missing.

According to the Associated Press, the Concordia's Italian captain, Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest in Italy.

Officials say that prosecutors are now investigating Schettino for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the luxury liner while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard the ship.

The Costa Concordia began taking on water and turned on its side after being gashed by the reef off Giglio island.

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