Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: The world's largest cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas' docks at Southampton on October 15, 2014 in Southampton, England. The £800 million Royal Caribbean cruise ship will dock into Southampton for a one day stay stop before departing for the US. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images editorial download 1/10/19)

MIAMI — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

Passengers took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting they were forced to stay onboard after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, for what was supposed to be a day of excursions.

Torres says returning a day early gives the cruise line “more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship” before it sails again.

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