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Dozens sickened aboard Miami-based cruise line, report says

A Miami-based cruise line is allowing passengers on one of its ships to reschedule their vacation plans after sixty-six passengers and two crew were sickened during the vessel’s last Caribbean tour.

The Majesty of the Seas – a Royal Caribbean International ship – reportedly embarked on a new cruise, Friday, following its return to PortMiami from a disastrous four-day outing in which dozens of passengers fell ill.

The Miami Herald reports the company asked incoming passengers if they had suffered from gastrointestinal maladies over the past three days when they boarded the ship for its subsequent outing.  

The paper added that anyone disinclined to proceed was allowed to reschedule, although it wasn’t clear if the offer extended to anyone who had booked a room on the ship beyond the cruise that departed Friday.

Royal Caribbean International is – along with Celebrity Cruises – one of five cruise brands operated, worldwide, by the eponymous parent company, Royal Caribbean.

The line reportedly blamed the recent outbreak that affected about 2.5 percent of Majesty of the Seas’ more than 2,500 passengers to a norovirus.

The Herald cites a Royal Caribbean statement  in writing that those sickened - the vessel docked at Key West and two Bahamian ports -  “responded well,” to over-the-counter remedies distributed at sea. The company also reportedly said it conducted “an extensive and thorough sanitizing,” of the boat.

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