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Over 270 People On a Carribbean Cruise Ship Are Sick With a Virus And It Sounds Like Living Hell

By Megan Cassidy

January 11, 2019 at 5:58pm


This sounds like a complete nightmare.

A Royal Carribbean Cruise has been cut short after more than 270 passengers and crew members contracted a gastrointestinal virus on board.

The trip through the Carribbean started on Sunday and will return to Florida a day ahead of schedule after the 'Norovirus' began to spread as early as Tuesday.

Earlier in the week, passengers were not allowed to disembark the ship for fear of spreading the contagious disease which has similar symptoms to food poisoning and the flu.

However, according to some passengers - bars and restaurants on the ship closed as per schedule, making for a rather uncomfortable experience for all on board.

One Twitter user wrote:

'Stuck on oasis in Falmouth. Here’s a serious tip. Have a contingency plan for how to treat this like a sea day when this happens. Most restaurants and bars closed when they need to be open. Long lines and unhappy crowds which could have been prevented.'

Another wrote:

'Currently watching people at the pool bar opening new bottles of Pepto Bismol - not a single crew member saying anything! Very very little communication or any insight on what is to come!

While many of the tweets are from despairing passengers, others commended staff for their hard work containing the virus.

In a 2018 interview with Business Insider, Royal Carribbean CEO Michael Bayley said that the environment on a cruise ship makes the space the perfect breeding ground for the virus to spread.

But he did offer one tip for stopping to the common virus before it can spread - and it's pretty simple.

Wash your hands.

"The simple fact is that if people washed their hands, there would be no norovirus."

Pretty grim.

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