Princess Cruises’ ship Caribbean Princess returned to homeport early after 245 people fell ill from a norovirus outbreak. The same situation happened on the same cruise ship last month when at least 371 people were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness.
On Saturday morning, Caribbean Princess arrived in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale FL) one day early after at least 228 passengers and 17 crew members suffered from a stomach bug during the 14-day trip.
Testing confirmed that the cause for the gastrointestinal illness was the norovirus. Sick passengers were treated by the ship’s medical team.
After disembarkation on Saturday, a CDC sanitation team boarded Caribbean Princess to clean the liner and investigate the cause of the outbreak. On March 1, Caribbean Princess departed Florida for a 10-night Panama Canal, Costa Rica and the Caribbean voyage.
For other Caribbean Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.