Nearly 170 cruise passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean ship sailing in the Caribbean have taken ill with gastrointestinal symptoms on Wednesday, January 9.
Passengers were kept inside Oasis of the Seas for hours at the Falmouth Jamaica on Wednesday. The vessel left Port Canaveral FL on Sunday for a 7-day voyage.
According to a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, as of Wednesday, a total of 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness had been reported since Sunday, representing 2% of the nearly 9,000 travelers and crew onboard. The ones affected by the illness were treated by the medical team of the ship "with over-the-counter medication."
He added that meanwhile, they were bringing additional medical staff onboard and were engaging in "intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of any further issues.”
The cause of the outbreak is Norovirus.
For other Oasis of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.