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Cruise ship passengers sickened during Caribbean trip

8:30 PM, Jan 18, 2014   |    comments
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Scores of passengers on a four-night cruise out of Miami aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship became sick, according to media reports.

The Miami Herald and New York Daily News said 66 guests and two crew members aboard the ship Majesty of the Seas suffered a gastrointestinal illness believed to be norovirus. The ship returned to port Friday after a trip to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla.

"I spent like the whole night on the toilet," passenger Frank Weinger told Local10.com, a Miami TV station website. "It was terrible."

Royal Caribbean officials confirmed the illness of 68 people among 2,581 guests and 844 crew members, the Daily News reported. It said crew members enhanced cleaning procedures on the ship to try to stop the virus from spreading. The company said that the passengers were responding to over-the-counter medicine.

Royal Caribbean International did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

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