Cruise ship docks at Galveston after outbreak of gastrointestinal illness

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Posted on December 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 22 at 8:01 PM

GALVESTON — A group of passengers are glad to be back on dry land after they experienced an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on the cruise ship they were traveling on.

The Crown Princess docked Saturday morning after 96 of its 2,639 passengers and six of its 1,181 crew members came down with gastrointestinal illness caused by norovirus.

The virus is easily transmitted person-to-person and was likely brought on board the cruise ship by embarking passengers, according to a news release from Princess Cruises, which operates the Crown Princess.

Once the crew discovered that there were an increased number of cases on board the ship, they immediately began sanitizing procedures to ensure that the virus did not spread further, the release stated. A company spokesperson said that the number of cases returned to normal by the time the ship docked in Galveston.

The Crown Princess will undergo a comprehensive disinfection while in port at Galveston.

The ship departed Venice, Italy on December 2 for a 20 day cruise. Once the ship has been cleared, it will begin a season of seven-day Caribbean cruises departing from Galveston.

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