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332 Cruise Passengers Fall Ill With Stomach Virus

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Soma Biswas
The Florida Channel
Royal Caribbean Cruise ship

More than 300 passengers on a cruise ship that docked at Port Everglades fell ill with a stomach virus.

The Naples Daily News reports that the Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited's ship Independence docked Saturday in Florida reported 332 cases of gastro-intestinal illness among the 5,547 guests.

The five-night cruise was interrupted for those passengers, who had symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told the newspaper that the ship's doctors treated the passengers with over-the-counter medications.

Torres said the ship underwent intensive sanitary procedures to minimize any further risk.