- As many as 190 passengers and 31 crew members have become ill with unknown illness on cruise ship
- Symptoms – which include vomiting and diarrhea – are consistent with norovirus, a highly contagious disease spread through contaminated food and water
- Ticket for similar Caribbean cruise costs upwards of $4,7000
Hundreds of passengers hoping to enjoy a pampered Christmas cruise on the imposing Queen Mary 2 are instead below deck with an unknown illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Earlier this week, 189 passengers and 31 crew members had come down with symptoms, which are consistent with the norovirus, a highly-contagious virus that is easily passed from person to person through contaminated food or water.
The luxe liner departed New York on Saturday for a 12-night cruise in the Caribbean. A ticket on the prestigious liner can cost upwards of $4,700.
Norovirus causes an inflammation of the stomach or intestines called acute gastroenteritis, producing stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control.