Seven passengers on a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship, the Black Watch, were hospitalized in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 27 with pneumonia-like symptoms, the British line confirmed.

Fred. Olsen said that an investigation is currently underway to determine what the infection is and where it could have been contracted.

The vessel had visited five ports in northern Europe before arriving in Stockholm, the line said.    

As a precaution, Fred. Olsen said in a release, all whirlpools, swimmex machines and the swimming pool have been closed.

Fred. Olsen said that two of the sick passengers' conditions had improved enough that they had already returned to the ship. The remaining five were "making good progress," the line said, in a Stockholm hospital.

The cruise line said that the ship would sail two days ahead of schedule directly to Dover, England, where it was scheduled to arrive on July 30, to be thoroughly cleansed before its next cruise on Aug. 1.

The Black Watch left Dover on July 15 on a 17-day cruise in the Baltics and was due to arrive back in Dover on Aug. 1.

Fred. Olsen said that there were 756 passengers and 329 crewmembers onboard.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].


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