A Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Radiance of the Seas” was forced to return to port on Saturday with more than 150 sick passengers suffering from intestinal illness, prompting enhanced sanitation efforts aboard the ship.
Also known as stomach flu, the virus can be very contagious and often transmitted in communal spaces like cruise ships.
During Radiance of the Seas’ trip, a number of guests experienced some intestinal illness,” Royal Caribbean said. “In an abundance of caution, we will conduct some enhanced sanitizing on board the ship and within the cruise terminal to help prevent any illness from affecting the next sailing.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean cruise lines said stomach flu, which is highly contagious, is suspected and the cruise line issued a statement saying it has high health standards for all guests and crew and that Norovirus is an extremely common gastrointestinal illness. The Radiance of the Seas left Jan. 3 for Mexico and returned Saturday. It has been sanitized and is scheduled to leave Saturday night on another cruise.
Many passengers aboard felt Royal Caribbean cruise line did everything in their power to make things better. They provided free medical care. They were open and honest communicating with everyone on the ship.
The cruise line is asking guests who might be sick to reschedule their cruise instead of boarding. There were more than 2,300 passengers aboard the Radiance of the Seas.