A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida on Saturday after countless passengers contracted a gastrointestinal ailment.
During the five-night cruise, 332 cases of the illness were reported,” Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean told CNN in a declaration. He stressed it was a little percentage — 5.99percent — of the over 5,000 passengers and crew onboard the boat, Freedom of the Seas.
“Those affected by the short lived disease were treated by our boat’s physicians with over-the-counter medication,” Torres explained,”and we expect all our guests feel better quickly.”
It is not known what caused the disease.
“It was just terrifying,” Tracy Flores, a rider that the 15-year-old son came down with an disease, advised CNN affiliate WPLG Saturday. “Just the number of people which were coming in at precisely exactly the identical time with vomiting and diarrhea and just looked ghastly.”
WPLG reported some passengers who were disembarking Saturday at Port Everglades, Florida, believed the number of passengers who got ill was greater than what Royal Caribbean explained.
“We spoke to a lot of folks who said they were too ill to even make it down to the (ship’s) medical facility,” passenger Marsha Homuska told CNN affiliate WSVN.
Torres, the Royal Caribbean spokesman, told CNN the company is”taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to reduce the probability of any additional issues,” and the boat will”undergo special additional cleaning procedures prior to it adheres on another cruise”
“We encouraged our clients and crew to wash their hands often, which health experts recommend as the best shield against stomach viruses, which each year influence as many as 300 million people globally,” Torres explained, including”just the common cold is much more prevalent.”