Hundreds of Sick Passengers, Crew on Freedom of the Seas

The world's largest cruise ship returned to dock in Miami Sunday with more than 380 passengers and crew members recovering from a contagious stomach illness, the Miami Herald reports. The 338 sick passengers and 46 crew members accounted for about 7 percent of the 5,225 people aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, the cruise company said. The norovirus outbreak happened during a seven-day cruise to Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti. A passenger likely brought the stomach illness on board when the cruise began from Miami on Nov. 26, according to a statement from a Royal Caribbean spokesman. The ship was able to complete the cruise itinerary and return on schedule Sunday. Last month, a norovirus outbreak sickened more than 700 passengers and crew members aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Liberty. Freedom of the Seas' departure for another seven-night Caribbean cruise was delayed a few hours Sunday for extra cleaning, Sheehan said.

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