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CDC: Stomach bug strikes second cruise ship

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More than 5% of passengers on the Caribbean Princess report being ill

A spokeswoman says the outbreak has been confirmed as norovirus

Passengers and crew experience vomiting and diarrhea

CNN —  

Just when cruise lines thought they might be headed for calmer waters …

At least 162 passengers and 11 crew members have reported being ill on board Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The institute said health officers would board the ship in Houston to investigate the gastrointestinal illness, which is causing vomiting and diarrhea.

The news follows reports of sickness this week on another cruise ship, this one from the Royal Caribbean line.

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Nearly 700 crew and passengers fell ill aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, the highest number of sick people reported on any cruise ship in two decades, CDC data show.

That ship returned home Wednesday, two days earlier than expected.

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To compare the cruises, 5.22% of passengers on the Caribbean Princess reported being