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Cruise ship returns to port after illness outbreak

1 year ago January 29, 2014 Jan 29, 2014 Wednesday, January 29 2014 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:02:53 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BAYONNE, N.J. - A cruise ship on which hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill is due back in the New Jersey port it departed from last week.

Royal Caribbean says the Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to dock Wednesday afternoon in Bayonne.

The ship had to cut short a 10-day cruise after more than 600 passengers and crew members experienced vomiting and diarrhea.

The cruise line says most guests who fell ill are now up and about as the ship heads to port.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call but hasn't confirmed the cause of the outbreak. According to the CDC, 577 out of 3,050 passengers reported being ill. Forty-nine crew members also got sick.

The ship's doctors said the symptoms were consistent with norovirus.

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