BAYONNE, N.J. Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill are recalling days of misery being holed up in their rooms and ruined vacations.
The Explorer of the Seas returned to its home port of Bayonne, N.J., on Wednesday after a Caribbean trip cut short when an outbreak of suspected norovirus sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew.
Sixty-one-year-old Bill Rakowicz from the city of St. Thomas in Ontario, Canada, says at first he thought he was just seasick. Then he says he left his room and saw people with gloves and "people sick everywhere."
He says he suffered from vomiting, pain and diarrhea and that his experience was simply "awful."
But he gives high marks to the Royal Caribbean cruise line for going "above and beyond" in its response.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.