Royal Caribbean cruise cut short after more than 600 are sickene - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Royal Caribbean cruise cut short after more than 600 are sickened

Posted: Updated:

(CNN) -- A 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise ship will return two days early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, the cruise line said Sunday.

According to Bernadette Burden, a spokeswoman with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people on the ship have become ill. Passengers and crew members reported vomiting and diarrhea.

"New reports of illness have decreased day-over-day, and many guests are again up and about. Nevertheless, the disruptions caused by the early wave of illness means that we were unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting," the cruise line said in a statement.

"After consultation between our medical team and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we think the right thing to do is to bring our guests home early, and use the extra time to sanitize the ship even more thoroughly," the company said.

Explorer of the Seas left January 21 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and it has been in the Caribbean.

After returning to its home port on Wednesday, the cruise line said it would perform a "thorough 'barrier' sanitization program on the entire ship to make certain that any remaining traces of the illness are eliminated."

The cause of the illness was not immediately clear, though symptoms are consistent with norovirus, the cruise line said.

Noroviruses spread easily and are a common cause of gastroenteritis, which produces vomiting and diarrhea.

According to Burden, the CDC spokeswoman, 577 of the 3,050 passengers and 49 of 1,165 crew members reported being ill.

Joseph Angelillo was one such person. He said he thought, at first, he just had food poisoning.

"I started with upset stomach and vomiting, and that lasted all night and into the morning," he told CNN by phone Sunday.

He said some entertainers were sick and shows had to be canceled.

"If I can get off (the ship), I will," Angelillo said.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:28:48 GMT
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

    More >>
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.


    More >>
  • Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:50:12 GMT
    Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
  • Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.