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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cruise ship being sanitized after 500 passengers sickened

The Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas is docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Jan. 26. U.S. health officials boarded the cruise liner to investigate an illness outbreak that sickened hundreds of people with gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.