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'Sanitized' after passenger illnesses, cruise ship sets sail again

By Amy R. Connolly

BALTIMORE, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas set sail again after the ship returned to port in Baltimore with more than 200 passengers and crew reporting gastrointestinal illness.

The cruise line cut short a nine-day trip to Jamaica that began on Jan. 24 to return to port on Monday after 193 passengers and nine crew members developed severe stomach problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the illness was norovirus, which is the leading cause of food-borne illnesses in the country.

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The CDC required that the cruise line clean and disinfect the ship. The ship returned to the seas on Tuesday.

"Once all guests had debarked Grandeur of the Seas, we began an extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal, to help prevent any illness from affecting the subsequent sailing," Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told CNN.

The Grandeur of the Seas, which has been in service since 1996, can hold up to 2,446 passengers and 760 crew.

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