Cruise Ship Returns To Texas Port After Illness Outbreak

PASADENA (January 31, 2014) The Caribbean Princess returned to the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena two days early after more than 170 passengers and crew members fell ill.

Caribbean Princess (Princess Cruises photo/file)

The ship docked late Thursday, but a cruise line official said the ship’s early return was because of a dense fog forecast rather than the illness outbreak.

The National Weather Service said it issued a sea fog advisory from Friday through Sunday.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said the ship would not have returned early if it had not been for the fog advisory.

One woman who was on the cruise said the crew announced Tuesday the ship would return a day early because of the advisory, but said passengers were skeptical of that explanation.

The company said in a statement that representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will board the ship Friday to ensure thorough sanitation.

The Caribbean Princess left the Pasadena port Jan. 25 bound for the Caribbean with more than 4,200 people aboard.

It was originally scheduled to return Saturday.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after nearly 700 aboard fell sick with the same gastrointestinal illness.