As if the residents of New Jersey didn't have enough to deal with already - what with the never-ending Chris Christie Circus - now there's this:
The Explorer of the Seas, a ship belonging to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, appears to be the latest of several cruise ship disasters over the past few years. The ship sailed on January 21st from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, on what was to have been a 10-day cruise, but an outbreak of illness aboard the vessel has forced its early return to port. When the ship docked at Bayonne, New Jersey, 630 passengers and 54 members of the ship's crew were reportedly very ill with symptoms of tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The ship sailed with 3,071 passengers and 1,165 crew members, and passengers reported that signs of illness began to be manifest soon after leaving port. Officials with the cruise line company have reportedly said that the symptoms are consistent with norovirus.
Passengers who became ill on the cruise were quarantined in their rooms. One passenger said that there were ill people on board who did not report their illness because they did not want to be restricted to their rooms.
Another passenger said that she felt like the ship had been a floating petri dish.
One of those disembarking the vessel questioned whether passengers were bringing the virus ashore with them - just in time for the Super Bowl which is being held in New Jersey on Sunday.
Calling Mr. Spielberg!
Calling Mr. Scorsese!
Calling Mr. Coppola!