Hundreds of passengers get sick on Royal Caribbean Cruise
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness, the media reported.
According to a statement given to the media by a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, 332 cases of the illness were reported during the five-night cruise.
He also added that it was a small percentage -- 5.99 per cent -- of the more than 5,000 passengers and crew onboard the ship, Independence of the Seas.
"Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship's doctors with over-the-counter medication," Torres said, "and we hope all our guests feel better quickly".
While the cause of the illness is not yet known, Torres, the Royal Caribbean spokesman, also added that the company is "taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to minimise the risk of any further issues", and that the ship will "undergo special additional cleaning procedures before it departs on its next cruise".