Norovirus Outbreak Sickens 277 on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships

Oasis of the Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships

Ending the cruise early will provide "more time to completely clean and sanitise the ship" before it sets off on another voyage with new passengers, Mr Torres said.

Passengers on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas told WESH on Thursday that the ship would be returning to Port Canaveral.

All of the ship's guests will get full refunds for their cruise fare paid, Torres said.

Passengers complained the ship was in "complete chaos" after they were forced to stay on board when the vessel docked in Falmouth, Jamaica.

"We have no reason to believe that any illness will have any impact on the remainder of our sailing", they wrote to passengers, a day before canceling the remainder of the seven-day cruise and announcing they would sail back to Cape Canaveral, Florida on Saturday morning. Oasis will miss the Mexico stop. Videos posted on Twitter show crew members sanitizing handrails by the pool area.

"During this sailing, there has been a small percentage of guests onboard who have experienced gastrointestinal illness, thought to be norovirus".

The Royal Caribbean advertises the Oasis of the Seas as one of the world's largest ships.

In 2018, there were 11 outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise ships and five were determined to be norovirus.

Sick passengers and crew were treated with over-the-counter medication, and staff took what precautions they could to prevent the spread of disease, serving all drinks and food themselves lest passengers unwittingly share virus-laden tableware, but there is only so much one can do to alleviate people's discomfort on board a floating epidemic.

"They are held to a standard that, frankly, not everyone else is held to", said Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic, a popular cruise review website. Level 3 Norovirus outbreak.

Cruise ships visiting US Ports must declare to the CDC any outbreak of gastro affecting over 3 per cent of their passengers. 'I see you'll be boarding on Sunday, but no need to worry.

Every year, about a dozen mass norovirus outbreaks are cataloged by the CDC.

For Popeleski, who didn't get sick on the trip, there is a silver lining despite the interruption to his vacation.