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Nearly 300 passengers sickened on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship

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By Janelle Griffith

Nearly 300 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship were sickened with a stomach virus since it departed Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida, on Sunday.

A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises told NBC News on Wednesday. All of the nearly 9,000 guests aboard the ship will receive a refund because of the outbreak, said Owen Torres.

Those affected by the virus are being treated by the ship’s medical team with over-the-counter medication, the spokesman said.

The ship, which has been on a…

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Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

MIAMI (AP) — More than 150 passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas have been hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed from Florida to Jamaica.

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

The ship left Port Canaveral on Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday. It is on a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean with a stop planned in Cozumel, Mexico, before returning.

Royal Caribbean hasn’t to an email from The Associated Press. Cruise spokesman Owen Torres told

Florida Today

late Wednesday that 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness had been reported since Sunday,…

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A Wailer of a time: Why Jamaica is the Caribbean’s capital of cool

A voice for all

THE spiritual home of reggae is topping the charts again. Unesco recently announced the music of Bob Marley and Studio One has been added to its list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The announcement has been met with a mixed response — some Jamaicans don’t require anyone to endorse the soundtrack of their island. However, this latest accolade reminds the world that reggae remains ‘soulful food for the underprivileged,’ says Wayne Jobson, a Jamaica-born LA-based radio personality and record producer. ‘The message of reggae has always been to uplift equal rights and the downtrodden,’ says Jobson, who features in Netflix’s recent Bob Marley documentary Who Shot The Sheriff?

Reggae royalty: Bob Marley

February is officially reggae month and Bob’s…

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Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas saves sailors stranded for 20 days near Jamaica

Two sailors who were stranded at sea for 20 days were rescued by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Friday, the company said.

The mariners were saved in dark waters between Grand Cayman and Jamaica by the Empress of the Seas, according to Royal Caribbean Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet.

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Oasis Of The Seas To Make Big Apple Debut For Royal Caribbean’s 2020-21 Deployment

MIAMI, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Caribbean International is charting a new course with its 2020-21 deployment plans, touting a fleet of Royal Amplified ships sailing to exciting destinations. An amped up Oasis of the Seas will greet Lady Liberty and deliver new vacations from the Northeast with 7-night Caribbean itineraries that include an unforgettable day at the cruise line’s highly anticipated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas. Oasis will be the first ship in her class and the world’s largest to sail from the Northeast. For the first time since 2015, Anthem of the Seas will return to the U.K. to sail alongside Independence of the Seas, marking the cruise line’s biggest presence in the region to-date.

T&T among the Caribbean’s most developed country | Local News

Trinidad and Tobago is ranked as the second top Caribbean country on the Human Development Index compiled by the United Nations Development Programme.



In its 2018 report, the UNDP found that Trinidad and Tobago, ranked 69th out of 189 countries sampled with a Human Development Index (HDI) value of 0.784.

The country has a life expectancy of 70.8 years, with a 10.9 average years spent in school, and $28,622 gross national income per…

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