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Published: 1/29/2014

Cruise ship due in NJ port after illness outbreak

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAYONNE, N.J.  — A cruise ship on which hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill is due back in the New Jersey port it departed from last week.

Royal Caribbean says the Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to dock at 2 p.m. today in Bayonne.

The ship had to cut short a 10-day cruise after more than 600 passengers and crew members experienced vomiting and diarrhea.

The cruise line says most guests who fell ill are now up and about as the ship heads to port.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call but has not confirmed the cause of the outbreak. The ship’s doctors said the symptoms were consistent with norovirus.

The ship left Bayonne on Jan. 21.



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