Cruise Ship Returns to Port Everglades After 100-Plus Fell Ill on Caribbean Trip

Vision of the Seas guests and crew members were sickened by a possible short-lived norovirus illness, Royal Caribbean said

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:05 AM EDT
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Ship Returns to Fort Lauderdale After Norovirus Outbreak

The Crown Princess returned two days early to Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning, after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness cut the cruise ship's trip short.

Second Cruise Ship with Norovirus Outbreak Arrives in Port Everglades

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A cruise ship has returned to South Florida after concluding a Caribbean voyage that saw more than a hundred people develop a gastrointestinal illness on board.

Royal Caribbean International reported Friday that 105 of 1,991 guests and three of 772 crew members experienced a possible short-lived norovirus illness during the Vision of the Seas' 11-night trip.

They have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship.

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The cruise line said in a statement that crew members scrubbed the ship to help prevent the spread of the illness and again when it returned to port.

The source of the illness wasn't immediately reported.

The Centers for Disease Control says the contagious norovirus causes about 21 million illnesses in the U.S. each year and contributes to 800 deaths.

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