Local Royal Caribbean cruise passengers return home

By Erika Mahoney

Local Royal Caribbean cruise passengers return home

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 12:54 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Royal Caribbean cruise that had hundreds of sick people on board, came back to New Jersey Wednesday night.

The cruise was cut short when passengers and crew members fell ill with a rapidly moving and contagious stomach bug.

The Centers for Disease Control believes the sickness to blame is norovirus.

Nearly 50 passengers from the Greater Binghamton area were aboard the ship.

Bob Horbey was in charge of the local group booked through Plaza and Sawtelle Travel.

Horbey, who has been on a number of different cruises, said Thursday this isn't the first time he's seen sickness break out on a cruise.

He said while it was disappointing the cruise had to be cut short, he was impressed with how crew members responded. Horbey also said people are getting some reimbursement, and discounts on future trips with the cruise line.

Another local passenger, Ed Ross, also said he was impressed with the way the situation was handled. He said crew members worked hard to clean the ship as much as possible.

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