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Cruise Ship Illness Forces 2nd Royal Caribbean Ship to Dock

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In this undated file photo, cruise ship Legend of the Seas of Royal Caribbean. (Alfonsodetomas/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 08:34 AM

A cruise ship illness that sickened more than 130 passengers and three crew members forced the Legend of the Seas vessel to dock in San Diego Tuesday, making it the second ship in as many days to do so.

On Monday, Celebrity cruise liner The Infinity docked in San Diego, reporting that 106 passengers and six crew members had become sick with a gastrointestinal illness at some point during the 15-day trip, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A similar gastrointestinal illness sickened those aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Legend of the Seas ship over the course of the two-week trip, though the cause is not yet clear.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world's second-largest cruise company, also operates Celebrity, the Union-Tribune noted.

Ships with foreign itineraries that are carrying more than 13 passengers are required to report any gastrointestinal illness cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Royal Cruises said it has "high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we took a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness."

"We began an extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal, to help prevent any illness from affecting the subsequent sailing," the statement continued.

The 867-foot Legend of the Seas vessel was completing a 15-night Panama Canal cruise that launched March 30 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Shortly after, passengers started to complain of illness.

The ship was slated to leave San Diego on Tuesday night for a return trip to Florida, according to the Times.

The Union-Tribune wrote that the CDC inspectors who boarded both ships — an environmental health officer and an epidemiologist — conducted an environmental health assessment and evaluated the ships' outbreaks and responses.

The CDC crew used rapid-testing kits in an attempt to determine what caused the illness to spread on the ship, agency spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said.

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A cruise ship illness that sickened more than 130 passengers and three crew members forced the Legend of the Seas vessel to dock in San Diego Tuesday, making it the second ship in as many days to do so.
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