Royal Caribbean cruise will return early after more than 270 passengers hit by norovirus

Royal Caribbean cruise will return early after more than 270 passengers hit by norovirus

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More than 250 passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have been struck with a highly contagious virus causing vomiting and diarrhea.

More than 270 passengers on board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas have been hit with a highly contagious bout of norovirus since Sunday.

Following the spread of the bug, the ship, which is currently docked in Jamaica, will now return to port early.

The outbreak hit Oasis Of The Seas, which is one of the largest ships in the world, as it came into dock in Jamaica on Wednesday according to Florida Today.

Some 9000 passengers and crew are currently on board and the cruise line has confirmed that 277 people have been affected.

A spokesman from Royal Caribbean told Sun Online Travel: “Oasis Of The Seas will return to Port Canaveral a day early after an episode of gastrointestinal illness.

“A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected since the ship departed on January 6 — about 3.3 per cent of the people aboard the ship.

Alan Thomas, one of the passengers, tweeted that they have been cleaning and disinfecting and that there had been “instances of guest vomiting in public spaces”.

He also said that the main dining room, nightclub, public rest rooms and part of floor 14 are under quarantine.

In addition, passengers have been issued advice regarding hygiene on board to prevent the spread of the virus.

The cause of the outbreak has not been confirmed.

Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.

 

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