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277 Royal Caribbean cruise passengers fall ill with norovirus, trip ends early

connectVideoNorovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise fall ill more than 270 passengers

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

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas home to Florida a day early, as the number of passengers and crew sick with norovirus has risen to at least 277.

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

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The $1.5 billion, an award-winning Oasis of the Seas weighs in at 226,000 tonnes, is 1,184 feet long and can be up to a maximum of 8,880 people, as per the ship’s official web page.
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“We think that the right thing to do is to get everyone home on time, instead of on the guests worry about their health,” Ccruise line spokesman Owen Torres told the AP.

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Passengers will be reimbursed in full for the ill-fated journey, WESH reports.

One of the world’s largest cruise ships, the Oasis departed on Jan. 6 for a seven-day Caribbean excursion.

Passengers took to social media Wednesday, tweeting they were forced to stay on board after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, for what was supposed to be a day of excursions.

Torres says the return a day early gives the cruise line more time to completely clean and disinfect the ship” before it sails again.

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The $1.5 billion, an award-winning Oasis of the Seas weighs in at 226,000 tonnes, is 1,184 feet long and can be up to a maximum of 8,880 people, as per the ship’s official web page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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