Passengers sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise

More than 100 passengers and crew were sickened during an 11-day Royal Caribbean International cruise that returned to Fort Lauderdale Friday.

According to a spokeswoman for the Miami-based cruise line, 105 guests and three crew members were struck with a gastrointestinal illness believed to be norovirus. The ship carried a total of 1,991 passengers and 772 crew.

People who got sick were given over-the-counter medication during the trip; they responded well to the treatment, spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in a statement.

In the course of the voyage, which visited destinations including St. Kitts, Barbados, Grenada and Aruba, workers stepped up the cleaning regime to keep the virus from spreading. The ship and cruise terminal were thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized after the trip ended at Port Everglades Friday morning.

It left Friday afternoon as planned, though Martinez said the cruise line was helping anyone who wasn’t comfortable going on the current voyage to reschedule their trip.

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