More than 400 people fall ill on two Royal Caribbean cruises

Passengers aboard Ovation of the Seas and Independence of the Seas struck down by gastro illness


Around 200 people became sick and five were hospitalised in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship earlier this month.

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Royal Caribbean International spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard.

Martinez told the Associated Press: "Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship's doctors with over-the-counter medication."

The statement comes after 220 people fell ill on a five-night cruise in the Caribbean.

According to ABC News, passenger on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas came down with a gastrointestinal illness during the cruise which left Fort Lauderdale on Monday.

Passenger Tracy Flores said: "It was just terrifying - just the amount of people that were coming in at the same time with vomiting and diarrhoea and just looked ghastly."

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