Cruise returns early after hundreds get sick

(CNN) – Two hundred more people on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship have been sickened by a gastrointestinal illness, bringing the total to 475.

Royal Caribbean on Thursday Jan. 10 said 277 passengers and crew were ill, but the number jumped on Friday.

Because of the illness, the ship will return to Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday, a day earlier than expected.

crop-1280x720-000“All of the ship’s guests will receive full refunds of their cruise fare paid,” said Owen Torres, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean. “We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

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