Passengers sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise

The Royal Carribean ship Majesty of the Seas was forced to return to port after passengers got sick.The Royal Carribean ship Majesty of the Seas was forced to return to port after passengers got sick.

The Royal Carribean ship Majesty of the Seas was forced to return to port after passengers got sick.

MIAMI, Fla. — Dozens of passengers became sick onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on a four-night Caribbean cruise.

About 66 people on the Majesty of the Seas reported stomach symptoms similar to the norovirus. Two of them are crew members.

The ship returned to port on Friday, reported the Miami Herald.

A Royal Caribbean spokesman says the illness was short lived and those affected improved after taking over-the-counter medication, which was available onboard.

The first passengers started getting sick earlier this week. During a stop in Key West, workers did extra cleaning to keep the illness from spreading.

When the ship docked in Miami, cleaners performed “an extensive and thorough sanitizing,” a company spokesperson said.

The ship was carrying 2,581 passengers along with 844 crew members on a four-night cruise with stops in the Bahamas and Key West.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vessel Sanitation Program posted updates about nine outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness on cruise ships last year. The agency posts the information when 3 percent or more of passengers or crew report symptoms to a ship’s medical crew during a sailing.