Looks like my first time cruise idea has been removed from my bucket list.  Over the weekend a ‘virus’ struck two cruise ships leaving about 500 passengers and cruise ship staff sick with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.   No thank you.

The 499 cases occurred on the Ruby Princess and the Crown Princess, both based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said cruise line spokeswoman Julie Benson.

The Crown Princess was cleaned Saturday and has returned to sea, she said. The Ruby Princess was also set to return to sea Sunday afternoon. Passengers on both departing cruises are notified of the outbreak and cleaning, she said, and advised of protective measures. CNN

Another cruise ship, Costa Concordia, wrecked on January 13, leaving 13 passengers dead and 16 still missing.  Concordia’s Captain Francesco Schettino was placed under house arrest on Jan. 17 for allegedly causing the wreck and abandoning the ship.


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