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January 28, 2014

Cruise ship returning to US after illness outbreak

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said Sunday evening that “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.”

It said a full sanitization program would be carried out after the Explorer of the Seas reached its home port tomorrow.

The CDC team of two epidemiologists and one environmental health officer are aboard as the ship sails to New Jersey.

Aubrey Manzo of the online cruise reviews guide Cruise Critic said all the passengers are traveling back to the U.S. on the Explorer of the Seas. “They do not have the option of getting off the ship prior to its arrival” in Bayonne, she said in an email.

Royal Caribbean said it was “taking several steps” to compensate passengers for the shortened trip and the inconvenience. It also sought to assure customers scheduled for the ship’s next voyage that “all possible measures will have been taken to prevent further problems.”

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