Over 200 passengers fall sick on Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines says 220 passengers fell sick on the Independence of the Seas ship destined for Jamaica. File photo shows Royal Carribean Cruise Lines ship. (Credit: WOAI, San Antonio Living)

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSET) — Royal Caribbean announced that about 220 passengers aboard a five-night cruise to Jamaica suffered from a gastro-intestinal illness.

The popular cruise line said in a statement to ABC News that the illness represented 4.86 percent of the 5,547 guests and crew onboard.

The Independence of the Seas departed Port Everglades on December 11 and was slated to return to Ft. Lauderdale on December 16.

Royal Caribbean continued in its statement saying, "those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication, and we hope all our guests feel better quickly."

They noted that they are taking steps to intensify their sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of further issues. They also shared that the ship will undergo special additional cleaning before it departs on its next cruise.

This is the second incident that has occurred on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Earlier in December, more than 200 people aboard the Ovation of the Sea became sick and five were hospitalized in Australia after a breakout of the same illness.

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