Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on cruise ship

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

All of the current Oasis of the Seas passengers will receive a full refund, Royal Caribbean Cruises said in the statement.

The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is cutting its journey short after 277 passengers and crew members have been infected with a norovirus, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced Thursday.

Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, which operates the vessel, said: "We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health". The ship departed from Port Canaveral, Fla. on January 6, and is due to return to port on January 13.

Passengers took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting they were forced to stay onboard the cruise ship after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a day of excursions.

In 2017, about 220 passengers aboard a five-night Royal Caribbean cruise suffered from a gastro-intestinal illness. Oasis will miss the Mexico stop.

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According to the CDC, norovirus is a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

'We docked in Foulmouth, Jamaica, yesterday and weren't allowed off the boat because of the outbreak. Videos posted on Twitter show crew members sanitizing handrails by the pool area.

One of the largest cruise ships ever built has cut a sailing short after suffering a massive outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug. The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program posts incidents on its website when the outbreaks include more than 3 percent of the passengers onboard. The CDC is required publish data on the Outbreak Updates for International Cruise Ships portal maintained by the agency where 3% or more of passengers or crew report symptoms of gastrointestinal illness to the ship's medical staff. Oasis of the Seas has passed every sanitation inspection since its first in 2010. Although shipboard outbreaks cause headlines, norovirus has also occurred at schools, conferences and in hotels.

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

"I'm still having a good time", he said.

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