332 Royal Caribbean pas­sen­gers fall ill with stom­ach virus

South Florida Times - - BUSINESS - Associated Press Naples Daily News

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - More than 300 pas­sen­gers on a cruise ship that docked at Port Everglades fell ill with a stom­ach virus.

The re­ports that the Royal Caribbean Cruises Lim­ited's ship In­de­pen­dence docked Satur­day in Florida re­ported 332 cases of gas­tro-in­testi­nal ill­ness among the 5,547 guests.

It was the se­cond time in less than a month that ill­ness hit pas­sen­gers on one of the cruise line's ves­sels.

The 5-night cruise was in­ter­rupted for those pas­sen­gers, who had symp­toms in­clud­ing vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhea. One pas­sen­ger, Vic­to­ria Nolan, de­scribed peo­ple throw­ing up in el­e­va­tors.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Tor­res told the paper that the ill pas­sen­gers only rep­re­sented about 6-per­cent of the total, and that the ill­nesses were short-lived.

Tor­res said the ship un­der­went in­ten­sive san­i­tary pro­ce­dures to min­i­mize any fur­ther risk.

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