3rd US cruise ship sails after virus outbreak

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — A third U.S.-based cruise ship with an outbreak of stomach illness has sailed again after being decontaminated in Florida.

The vessel Ruby Princess sailed Sunday. It was one of three cruise ships that docked in Florida and Louisiana over the weekend with outbreaks of norovirus.

Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy told the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper that the Ruby Princess was cleaned Sunday and departed.

Norovirus causes upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Princess Cruise Lines operates the ship and another, the Crown Princess, that sailed from Florida after cleaning.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Sea left New Orleans a couple of hours late Saturday because of the same illness.

Associated Press
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