Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship hit with Norovirus in Jamaica

An outbreak of Norovirus struck more than 100 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas – one of the largest cruise ships in the world – as it arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday.

The ship departed Port Canaveral in Florida on Sunday.

Passengers aboard the 18-deck vessel took to social media to talk about the illness and to report that guests were kept aboard the ship for hours after it docked at Falmouth port on the northern side of Jamaica. The ship was on a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean.

“As of today, 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness have been reported since Sunday, representing 2 percent of the nearly 9,000 guests and crew on board,” said Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean in a statement emailed to FLORIDA TODAY late Wednesday. 

He did not immediately confirm whether a quarantine of the vessel took place. 

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