Ruby Princess Caribbean cruise passengers fall ill from possible norovirus outbreak

Third outbreak reported by Princess Cruises

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Several passengers fell ill while onboard The Ruby Princess' weeklong Caribbean cruise this week, cruiseline officials told the Miami Herald.

The ship docked Sunday morning at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Karen Candy, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told the Miami Herald that  "a small number" of passengers became ill during the cruise. The exact number of sick passengers was not made available.

A week ago, the Ruby Princess docked with 129 sick passengers.

Princess Cruises has reported three outbreaks of norovirus on their ships so far this year. The Miami Herald reports this is the most of any major cruise line involved in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Vessel Sanitation Program.

It has not yet been determined if the latest illness was caused by the norovirus.

You can read the full report from the Miami Herald here:

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