Norovirus leaves hundreds sick on Caribbean cruise ship

A cruise ship has been forced to cut short a Caribbean tour after hundreds of passengers were hit by the dreaded norovirus.

Oasis Of The Seas – once the world’s largest cruise liner – is returning to a port in Florida a day early after 277 guests and crew members were struck down with the vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

According to Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean and operator of the vessel said: “We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

With the aid of social media, such as Twitter, “Complete chaos” is just a few of the complaints that passengers aboard the ship used to describe the situation, after they were forced to stay on board when the vessel docked in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Royal Caribbean has said passengers on board will be given full refunds of their fares.

Ending the cruise early will provide “more time to completely clean and sanitise the ship” before it sets off on another voyage with new passengers, Mr Torres said.