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Carnival Delays Liberty Departure

November 20, 2006 By: David Eisen Travel Agent

The Carnival Cruise Lines ship which carried 700-virus-striken guests docked in Southeast Florida on Sunday and will not depart on its next trip until it is completely disinfected the company says. The Carnival Liberty is now expected to leave port on Tuesday. On Monday, 14 guests and five crew remained ill and isolated on the ship. The Liberty, one of the world's largest cruise ships, departed on Nov. 3 from Rome on its way to Fort Lauderdale with about 2,800 passengers. Within 24 hours of embarkation, some guests complained of feeling sick, which has now been chalked up to the highly contagious Norovirus or stomach flu. More than 520 passengers and 140 crew members reported to the ship's infirmary during the 16-day voyage. A team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control boarded the ship when it was docked in St. Maarten to oversee the cleaning operations and discern the cause of the outbreak.

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