277 Sickened On Cruise Ship
First reported by Nbcnews.com
- A Caribbean cruise ship is heading home early after a stomach virus outbreak sickened nearly 300 people on board.
- Guests aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas’ began falling ill shortly after the ship arrived in Jamaica earlier this week.
- The ship cancelled plans to visit Cozumel, Mexico and headed back to Florida a day early. Royal says all 9,000 guests on board will receive a full refund.
- Early reports idenitified the illness as norovirus, but a spokesman says they’re still waiting on lab test results.
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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.
Norovirus leaves hundreds sick on Oasis Of The Seas cruise ship in Caribbean https://t.co/mG9F3qYrU0
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 10, 2019
At least 227 people have fallen ill after Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was hit with a norovirus outbreak while sailing from Florida to Jamaica.https://t.co/6jAKHNAqKk
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 10, 2019
Nearly 300 passengers sickened on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship. https://t.co/91X7kZJRne
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 10, 2019
Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on Royal Caribbean cruise https://t.co/5rXo9NiW1n
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) January 10, 2019