He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.
A total of 277 guests and crew members have been affected with a gastrointestinal illness on Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas cruise ship.
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.
MIAMI (AP) — 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.
NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK! More than 150 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas cruise have been struck by an outbreak of Norovirus. The ship departed from Port Canaveral. 😷😷😷
Passengers complained that those on the ship were not allowed off and that guests remained on board for several hours before finally leaving for the next destination, Cozumel.
277 passengers and crew members aboard the Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas cruise ship became sick with a gastrointestinal illness, according to the cruise line, and the ship is returning a day earlier than expected
Passengers aboard the 18-deck vessel took to social media to talk about the illness and to report that guests were kept aboard the ship for hours after it docked at Falmouth port on the northern side of Jamaica.
Nearly 300 passengers sickened on Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas cruise ship.
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.”
Torres says returning a day early gives the cruise line “more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship” before it sails again.
Waiting to see if Jamaican authorities let us off the ship,” tweeted Alan Thomas, a passenger who also wrote that Royal Caribbean was offering one day of cruise credit.
It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.