Cruise returning early after hundreds of passengers get sick on ship

Marco Green
Января 12, 2019

Due to return to Port Canaveral by Sunday morning after seven nights at sea, the ship is now set to dock at the Florida port Saturday.

The number of passengers and crew members that have been sickened by a norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas has risen to almost 500, as the ship continues its return to Port Canaveral.

A spokesman for Royal Caribbean spoke to Florida Today, stating that "As of today, 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness have been reported since Sunday, representing 2 percent of the almost 9,000 guests and crew on board". It's now returning to port after, cutting its 7-day journey short. Passengers didn't disembark on their second port of call, Falmouth, Jamaica, and will skip a planned stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

One passenger, Abby Perrin, told ABC that she and her mother began experiencing symptoms after the lunch.

Passengers will be fully refunded for the ill-fated trip, WESH reports.

On Jan. 10, WESH reported that the ocean liner will be returning to Port Canaveral on Jan. 12, soon after Royal Caribbean reps confirmed to the Associated Press that 277 passengers had fallen sick with the gastrointestinal bug.

"We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health", Royal Caribbean said in a statement obtained by USA Today.

"It was pretty upsetting that we weren't able to get into Jamaica at all", Perrin said.

"Our guests sail with us to have great vacations, and we are sorry this cruise fell short", Torres said. Royal Caribbean's last outbreak was in 2017 on the Independence of the Seas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cruise ships have faced a number of other unfortunate events in recent months. "The latest that I can share with you here is that we have had a total during the cruise here somewhere around 475 people affected". This can happen through eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated, touching surfaces or objects containing with the virus, or having contact with someone who is infected.

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