Nearly 500 sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise ship set to call New Jersey home this spring


MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after at hundreds of guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

In a video shared by passengers Friday, an announcement on the ship said the number of sick people had increased significantly, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“The latest that I can share with you here is that we have had a total during the…

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