a large ship in the water: Oasis Of The Seas is one of the world's largest cruise ships. File pic

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Oasis Of The Seas is without doubt one of the world’s largest cruise ships. File pic

The Red Tea Detox

A cruise ship has been pressured to chop brief a Caribbean tour after tons of of passengers have been hit by the dreaded norovirus.

Oasis Of The Seas – as soon as the world’s largest cruise liner – is returning to a port in Florida a day early after 277 company and crew members have been struck down with the vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, which operates the vessel, stated: “We predict the fitting factor to do is get everybody residence early fairly than have company fear about their well being.”

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Passengers complained the ship was in “full chaos” after they have been pressured to remain on board when the vessel docked in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Passengers complained the ship was in 'complete chaos'

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Passengers complained the ship was in ‘full chaos’

Elizabeth Schellberg wrote on Twitter: “At this time is my birthday and we have been so excited to go and luxuriate in Jamaica. After all, all of us at the moment are caught on the boat since some individuals have the norovirus.”

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One other passenger tweeted: “One hell of a time on #OasisoftheSeas. I took every week off from work to sail on a ship for six days.

“@RoyalCaribbean that is NOT the journey we bought. #completechaos.”

The ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday after it set sail from there final Sunday for a deliberate seven-day Caribbean cruise.

Royal Caribbean has promised full refunds for the passengers

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Royal Caribbean has promised full refunds for the passengers

Royal Caribbean has stated passengers on board can be given full refunds of their fares.

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Ending the cruise early will present “extra time to utterly clear and sanitise the ship” earlier than it units off on one other voyage with new passengers, Mr Torres stated.

Oasis Of The Seas has 16 passenger decks and may carry greater than 6,000 company.

Promoting for the ship guarantees “wonderful leisure, thrilling actions, delectable eating” and “a few of the most unimaginable locations on the earth”.

The ship’s web site greets holidaymakers saying: “Welcome to paradise.”

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