Royal Caribbean ship ending cruise early after illness outbreak

Jan. 10 (UPI) — The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is headed back to its home port one day earlier in Florida because of gastrointestinal illness onboard, the cruise line said Thursday.

The ship, which holds more than 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members, is returning to Port Canaveral in Central Florida on Saturday because of the sickness of 277 people, Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told the Orlando Sentinel.

“We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,” Royal Caribbean said in the statement. “Returning on Saturday also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing.”

Norovirus, which is highly contagious, causes diarrhea and vomiting that typically lasts for one to three…

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