About 300 Passengers Get Sick Aboard Cruise Ship

Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Monday night that passengers aboard the Mercury began complaining a day earlier of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. Martinez said a total of around 1,800 people are aboard. The ship left Charleston on February 15th.

She said the ship's medical facilities were overwhelmed. Another doctor and nurse came aboard in St. Kitts in the British Virgin Islands. The ship made four other stops in the Caribbean.

It's not clear what pathogen was involved, but samples were being dropped off in Puerto Rico for testing. The ship was scheduled to return to Charleston Friday.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Feb 23, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    If any of you studied it enough to know how confusing the geography is in that area, and the refrences to it, you would know better than to debate it at all. There's what it's officially called, and what two regions are referred to at a division in practice since 1917... Does it really matter? "Smarty Pants": For someone criticizing another for arguements about nothingness, you had something to say yourself... so that was kinda silly. As to the STORY, I feel bad for the sick people. This happens far too often on these ships.
  • by smarty pants on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    wow, the stuff people can argue over...FYI, "A", st. kitts is part of the LEEWARD ISLANDS, check your facts before you engage in semantic arguments about nothingness.
  • by A Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Hey anonymous: St Kitts IS a part of the British Virgin Islands, as a British territory....maybe it's YOU that needs to brush up on your geography, or just do a simple web search.
  • by Porkchop Location: G'ville on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    Yes indeed samples were being dropped off everywhere.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:37 AM
    When did St Kitts become part of the British Virgin Islands? Geography 101.
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