6% of passengers and crew impacted
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 385 of 6,285 passengers, or 6.12%, and 17 of 2,168 crew, or 0.78%, have reported being ill during the voyage, which began Jan. 6. The causative agent has not been determined.
Royal Caribbean is providing full refunds to all passengers.
'We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health,' the company said in a statement. 'Returning on Saturday also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing.'
Vessel Sanitation Program monitoring
The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program has been monitoring the outbreak, and the ship's response, which includes increased cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Vessel Sanitation Program staff are scheduled to board the vessel on its return Saturday to assist with investigating the outbreak and to monitor the ship’s response procedures before new passengers embark on Jan. 13.