Ship Returns to Tampa After Passengers Get Sick

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Tampa, Fl. --

A Royal Caribbean cruise that had to return to the Tampa port after 150 passengers and crew members suffered a stomach illness has been sanitized and will depart on another cruise.

The Radiance of the Seas left port Jan. 3 bound for Mexico. It returned to port Saturday. The cruise terminal was also sanitized and the ship is scheduled to depart on another cruise Saturday night.

The company said it suspects the illness was a stomach flu, which is highly contagious. Those affected were given over-the-counter medication.

Cindy Watson of Lutz told the Tampa Tribune that the repeated announcements about the illness and precautions such as banning
menus and silverware from meals were scary. She didn't want her 3-year-old son to touch anything.


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  • by jason Location: on a ship on Jan 9, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Sanitization on ships is much much higher than on land. When guests bring on an illness it spreads due to not washing hands after using the restroom. The crew rarely get sick. Wash your hands for 20 sec with hot water often and you will be fine.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    I don't think 150 people were sick before they got on the ship. These ships are tight on room, and putting this many people on them increases the risk that an illness such as this can spread quickly due to the tight living quarters. i don't think it has anything to do with sanitation, or these ships would have other issues related to the sanitation problems.
  • by Cruiser Location: Cairo on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    Cruise lines need to make it easier to reschedule cruises in case of sickness. The ones I've been on were "nonrefundable" unless you purchase travel insurance. Of course, people are going to go anyway rather than lose thousands of dollars. Germs don't live that long on surfaces, it's getting reinfected by passengers or crew.
  • by hi Location: tally on Jan 9, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    most likely poor sanitization of the ships
  • by susan Location: live oak,fl on Jan 8, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    what is it with people getting sick on these ships?Is it people being sick before getting on?Then STAY HOME or is something dirty on the ships?
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