Cruise returns to Houston-area port early; fog blamed, not more than 180 sick passengers, crew

  • Article by: RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 4:35 PM

HOUSTON — A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.

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swmnguyJan. 31, 14 7:39 AM

If the cruise ship industry has anything in common with the hotel industry, they've cut back expenses ruthlessly. In hotels, they may look nice when you come in the front door, but the signs of reduced labor are everywhere once you start looking. Cleanliness is an illusion and sick employees routinely come to work or else get fired. We'll see a lot more of these outbreaks.

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hard2getoldJan. 31, 1411:08 AM

The royal Caribbean cruise we took a year ago was wonderful. Everywhere we went, someone was stationed with hand sanitizer. However swmnguy is correct about hotels. This past year we stayed at major hotels in 6 different states and encountered a blocked sink drain, a broken toilet.... And the worst was bed bugs in the most unexpected one. Sadly, maintenance seems to no longer be a priority.

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