Caribbean norovirus outbreak

19 passengers sick in suspected norovirus outbreak

Headline Goes Here The Cruise Authority

CASTRIES, St. Lucia - Nineteen people aboard the cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" have been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal illness as the liner docked Friday in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Cunard Line spokeswoman Jackie Chase says that seven passengers have recovered and that officials aboard the ship have taken steps to prevent other passengers from catching the suspected norovirus. Sick passengers have been asked to remain in their cabins and will be reimbursed for shore-excursion costs.

Chase said Friday that there are a total of 2,613 passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2.

The liner departed New York last Saturday on a 12-night Caribbean cruise. The ship's next scheduled stop is St. Maarten.

There was a similar outbreak on the Emerald Princess cruise ship, when five percent of all passengers, 166, plus 30 crew, fell ill to norovirus. That ship docked in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Cunard Line is part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise  operator.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.