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Passengers Arrive at Port Everglades on Ship After Reported Norovirus Outbreak

The illness is similar to a stomach bug and can cause symptoms that include everything from vomiting, cramping and even diarrhea

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What to Know

  • Over 300 people who were on the ship are reportedly suffering from the norovirus according to the CDC
  • The ship was denied entry at several ports, including in Trinidad and Tobago, over health concerns
  • Officials have said that there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus

A cruise ship company dealing with concerns over the Coronavirus on board one of their vessels in Japan watched as another one of their ships arrived Thursday at Port Everglades packed with hundreds of passengers dealing with their own medical issues.

Thousands of passengers and crew members got off the Caribbean Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Lines, around 7 a.m. near Fort Lauderdale.

Over 300 people who were on the ship are reportedly suffering from the norovirus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The gastrointestinal illness is similar to a stomach bug and can cause symptoms that include everything from vomiting, cramping and even diarrhea.

“They just couldn’t get out of their room for like 24 hours,” one passenger told NBC 6. “It was just really bad pain, cramps, and like vomiting…and fatigue and stuff like that.”

The ship was denied entry at several ports, including in Trinidad and Tobago, over health concerns in the days after it departed South Florida on February 2nd.

“They were wiping down the buttons in the elevator, the rails, they were cleansing everything so it was good,” another passenger said. “They were really, really impressive doing what they did.”

Officials have said that there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on board the ship. Passengers were told they will get a 50 percent discount on their next cruise with the company.

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