A cruise ship in Jamaica was forced to return home a day early after 277 passengers were exposed to Norovirus.
The Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas will return to Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday instead of its planned return Sunday due to the outbreak, The Associated Press reported Friday.
Disgruntled passengers tweeted about being required to stay onboard the ship amid the outbreak after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, the AP reported. (RELATED: A Virus Is Sweeping Through A Shelter Of California Wildfire Victims)
“We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,” cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told the AP.
The early return will provide the cruise line with “more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship” before it leaves port on another voyage, Torres said.
Cruise ships have faced a number of other unfortunate events in recent months.
A 26-year-old man fell off a Carnival Victory cruise ship in mid-December 2018, the Miami Herald reported. A 69-year-old Dutch woman fell off a different cruise ship, “MSC Preziosa,” just days before.
The woman fell overboard Dec. 8, and authorities called off the search for her body Dec. 14.
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