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Passengers stagger off cruise ship reeking of vomit at NJ dock

By Victoria Cavaliere BAYONNE, New Jersey (Reuters) - Cheers erupted aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship reeking of vomit and diarrhea as it pulled into its home port in New Jersey on Wednesday, ending a trip cut short because illness felled more than 600 people. Passengers disembarking the "Explorer of the Seas" recalled the nightmare of getting sick during the Caribbean cruise, being quarantined in their rooms, and putting everything they touched into bio-hazard bags.

Passengers recall days of misery as cruise ship arrives home to NJ after nearly 700 sickened

BAYONNE, N.J. - Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery being holed up in their rooms as the Explorer of the Seas returned to its home port Wednesday after a Caribbean trip cut short by a suspected outbreak of norovirus. Retiree Bill Rakowicz, 61, from the city of St. Thomas in Ontario, Canada, said he thought he was just seasick when he began suffering from vomiting, pain and diarrhea caused by the outbreak that sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew.

Over 600 passengers, crew fall ill on Royal Caribbean cruise

(Reuters) - The number of passengers and crew who fell ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship climbed to more than 600 on Monday, many of them vomiting and suffering diarrhea. The updated sick count aboard the Explorer of the Seas, which cut short its Caribbean cruise and was expected to dock in New Jersey on Wednesday, is more than double the 300 originally thought to have been felled by gastrointestinal illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cruise line ends 10-day Caribbean cruise after illness outbreak sickens over 500 people

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Royal Caribbean cruise line on Sunday ended a ship's 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness. The Miami-based company made the announcement a few hours after officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the Explorer of the Seas during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call to investigate the illness and evaluate the outbreak response.

US officials investigate illness outbreak that has stricken 300 on Caribbean cruise ship

KINGSTON, Jamaica - U.S. health officials on Sunday boarded a cruise ship docked in the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate an illness outbreak that has stricken at least 300 people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that 281, or nearly 10 per cent, of the 3,050 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas have reported getting sick during a Caribbean cruise that left Cape Liberty, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Twenty-two crew members also reported feeling ill.

Ports asked to bid on scrapping Costa Concordia liner named

Salvage operators on Friday said the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed two years ago off Italy with the loss of 32 lives, would be towed away by June and named the ports where wrecked liner could be taken. Ports in Britain, China, France, Italy, Norway and Turkey have been invited to submit offers for the lucrative contract and the winning bid will be announced by the beginning of March, organisers said.

Lawsuit: Carnival knew fire risk, changes were recommended before power lost on cruise ship

MCALLEN, Texas - Carnival Cruise Lines knew about the risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses and recommended taking precautions on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph that later caught on fire at sea, according to court documents. A compliance notice report sent to the Triumph one month before it departed Galveston on Feb. 7 for what was planned as a four-day cruise recommended spray shields be installed on engines' flexible fuel hoses, according to the documents filed Tuesday by Carnival Cruise Lines in federal court in Miami.

Woman on Hawaii-bound cruise jumps overboard, presumed dead

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - An American woman in her 50s on a Hawaii-bound cruise ship leaped overboard on Wednesday afternoon in a bid to kill herself and is presumed dead, a spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said. A passenger and a security camera saw the woman jump off the 1,300-cabin Grand Princess ship into the Pacific Ocean about 650 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, at about 2 p.m. PST, Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said.

2 Carnival cruise ships delayed by storm Karen expected to reach New Orleans on Sunday

NEW ORLEANS - Two Carnival Cruise Line ships delayed by former Tropical Storm Karen were due in New Orleans within a half-hour of each other Sunday, a day earlier than previously expected. The storm, which dissipated Sunday, delayed arrival by a day for the Carnival Elation and less than half a day for the Carnival Conquest, which had to remain in the Gulf of Mexico until the Coast Guard reopened the mouth of the Mississippi River about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

Head of China's cruise liner says 'sorry' for stranded ship in S. Korea

BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- The head of a Chinese cruise liner said he was "sorry" for tourists after its ship was stranded in South Korea for two days because of a legal dispute with a Hong Kong-registered shipping services company, state media reported Monday.
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