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Nearly 300 cruisers struck by gastro virus

Illness hit one of world’s biggest cruise liners

Image Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas (Image Chris Ison / PA Wire/AP file)


A cruise ship is returning to Florida a day early after hundreds of guests and crew came down with a gastrointestinal illness. 


All passengers onboard the vessel, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Oasis of the Seas, will receive full refunds, RCL spokesman Owen Torres said in an emailed statement to Reuters.  


“We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,” he said. 


“Our guests sail with us to have great vacations, and we are sorry this cruise fell short.”


According to Mr Torres, those who fell ill numbered less than 4% of those on board, with lab tests to determine exactly what the illness was.


By returning early, the cruise line will have more time to sanitize the ship before heading out again, Torres added.


Due to arrive in Port Canaveral on Saturday, the ship was hit by norovirus after arriving in Jamaica earlier in the week. 


Passenger Alan Thomas wrote on social media that the ship aborted a trip to Cozumel, Mexico.


“Tough situation, everyone maintaining a good attitude,” Thomas said.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 11 January 2019

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