Norovirus sick­ens 277; cruise ship re­turns to port

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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 277 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 sev­en­day Caribbean cruise.

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

Tor­res says re­turn­ing a day early gives the line “more time to com­pletely clean and san­i­tize the ship” be­fore it sails again.

JOSH RITCHIE AP

Royal Caribbean’s Oa­sis of the Seas cruise ship, shown in 2009 at Port Ever­glades in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., is ex­pected to ar­rive a day early in Port Canaveral on Saturday be­cause of an out­break of ill­ness aboard ship.

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