277 People Sickened Aboard Cruise Ship

A Caribbean cruise ship is heading home early after a stomach virus outbreak sickened nearly 300 people on board.

Nearly 300 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship were sickened with a stomach virus since it departed Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, on Sunday.

A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises told NBC News on Wednesday. All of the more than 8,000 guests aboard the ship will receive a refund because of the outbreak, said Owen Torres.

Those affected by the virus are being treated by the ship's medical team with over-the-counter medication, the spokesman said.

The ship, which has been on a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean, will return to Florida on Saturday, a day earlier than expected, he said.