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Celebrity Equinox back in port after passengers sickened

Celebrity Equinox returned to Fort Lauderdale Monday after nearly 100 people got sick during a voyage.
Celebrity Equinox returned to Fort Lauderdale Monday after nearly 100 people got sick during a voyage.

Celebrity Equinox got a thorough scrubbing Monday in Port Everglades after returning from a voyage that saw more than 100 fall ill with gastrointestinal distress.

A spokeswoman said 95 passengers, or slightly more than 3 percent of guests, and seven crew members got sick with an illness thought to be norovirus over the course of the 10-night sailing.

“During the sailing, we took a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship,” spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez wrote in an email.

She said the ship also went through “an extensive and thorough sanitizing” after arriving in Fort Lauderdale Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that three environmental health officers and one epidemiologist from the CDC Vessel Sanitation program would board the ship on Monday to evaluate the situation.

The ship is sailing Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale. Celebrity Cruises is part of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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