April 13 - Health officials inspect cruise ships in Baltimore and Los Angeles after hundreds of passengers and crew fall ill with suspected Norovirus. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Hundreds of passengers who fell ill on two popular cruise ships are back in the U.S.
The Crown Princess in Los Angeles and Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore.
SOUNDBITE (English) PASSENGER KIM SERIO SAYING:
"Omigod, we got so sick, I mean a stomach virus like I've never had before."
It is the second time in two weeks that Grandeur of the Seas has dealt with an outbreak of illness during a trip to the Bahamas.
The suspected culprit: Norovirus. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are the most common symptoms.
Federal health officials inspected both ships on Saturday. Tim Figaro, boarding for the next cruise from Baltimore, is not too worried.
SOUNDBITE (English) PASSENGER TIM FIGARO SAYING:
"I think it's going to be perfectly safe, as long as everybody washes their hands, sanitizes their hands and it should be fine. I have no problem with it. I'm ready to get onboard and have a good time."
In recent years, outbreaks of Norovirus have been reported by nearly a dozen cruise lines sailing from U.S. ports.
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