Virus sends cruise ship back to port

BALTIMORE, Md. (CNN) – A Royal Caribbean cruise was cut short after dozens of passengers became sick at sea.

The Grandeur of the Sea turned back to Baltimore after a medical emergency on board, coupled with an outbreak of the norovirus.

There were 193 passengers and nine crews members who contracted the virus on the nine-day trip.

The cruise line says when the ship was in Jamaica, two CDC health officers boarded to collect samples and evaluate the outbreak,

Last April, more than 100 passengers on the same ship fell sick to the same gastrointestinal virus. A year before that, passengers were forced to evacuate when the ship caught fire at sea.

Crews are now working around the clock to sanitize the vessel. The cruise line says the terminal will also be disinfected.

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