Cruise ship due in NJ port after illness outbreak

1/29/2014
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas is docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. U.S. health officials have boarded the cruise liner to investigate an illness outbreak that has stricken at least 300 people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. (AP Photo/Thomas Layer)

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.