More than 200 passengers fall ill on Royal Caribbean cruise

More than 270 people aboard a 9000-guest Royal Caribbean cruise ship have fallen ill with gastro as staff were reportedly “beefing up sanitising procedures”.

A spokesman for Royal Caribbean, Owen Torres, confirmed to Yahoo a total of 277 guests and crew members had been affected since the ship left Florida, headed toward Jamaica, on January 6.

“Oasis of the Seas will return to Port Canaveral a day early after an episode of gastrointestinal illness,” Mr Torres said, noting those affected accounted for 3.3 per cent of the nearly 9000 guests and crew aboard.

All of the passengers will receive full refunds.

Royal Caribbean has confirmed at least 277 outbreaks of norovirus aboard its cruise ship Oasis of the Seas. Source: Royal Caribbean

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