Outbreak on Caribbean Princess ends cruise earl; nearly 200 on board fall sick to norovirus

PASADENA, Texas - More than 170 passengers and crew members have fallen sick aboard a cruise ship, prompting it to return two days early to a Houston-area port.

The latest case of a canceled cruise is the Caribbean Princess, owned by Princess Cruises. The Houston Chronicle reports the ship returned to port in the Houston area late Thursday, more than a day ahead of schedule after more than 170 passengers and crew members aboard became sick.

The company said in a statement that Centers for Disease Control officials will board the ship Friday to ensure thorough sanitation.

As with a cruise ship that returned early to New Jersey earlier this week, the suspected culprit is the highly contagious norovirus.

The Caribbean Princess left Houston last Saturday bound for the Western Caribbean with more than 4,200 people aboard. The vessel was supposed to return this Saturday.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after nearly 700 aboard got sick.

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