The ship, originally scheduled for a 7-night cruise, made its first stop in Haiti Tuesday where the ship hosted a lunch buffet on land, said Abby Perrin, a passenger on the ship told ABC News.
The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship is cutting its journey short after 277 passengers and crew members have been infected with a norovirus, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced Thursday.
The rush to return to port wasn't necessarily out of concern for the sick passengers and crew, however - Royal Caribbean was in a hurry to hose down the ship in preparation for another herd of passengers due to depart on Sunday.
Mr Torres said in a statement to the Associated Press: "We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health".
Many of them took to social media to talk about the illness and report that guests were kept aboard the ship for hours after it docked in Jamaica.
He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.
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'One hell of a time on #OasisoftheSeas I took a week off from work to sail on a boat for 6 days.
The outbreak reportedly occurred on the Oasis of The Seas which called on the port of Falmouth, Jamaica yesterday. "Then we were supposed to be in Mexico tomorrow, which we were really excited about, and it turns out we're going back to Florida instead".
Passenger Alan Thomas has since shared another letter update from management to Twitter, which explains the Norovirus outbreak has escalated, and the ship will now return to Florida early.
He added: "Exceptional food handling and disinfecting procedures implemented".
"During this sailing, there have been a small percentage of guests onboard who have experienced gastrointestinal illness, thought to be Norovirus", Oasis of the Seas representative Goran Peterson states in the letter. 'Like you, we want to ensure that every guest's cruise is a fun, relaxing and healthy experience'.
The Vessel Sanitation Program, which oversees cruise ship cleanliness and inspects ships to reduce the spread of illnesses like norovirus, will send personnel on board to investigate the reason for the outbreak. We're taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety as well'.
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