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Sick cruise passengers return home

BALTIMORE (CBS) -- Passengers on a seven day cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas are home now after many got sick at sea.

More than 100 people aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas are back on land after they got sick on their cruise.

"Oh my God. We got so sick. I mean a stomach virus like I've never had before," says passenger Kim Serio.

Two cruises in a row passengers sailing on the ship have gotten sick.

The latest voyage returned Saturday morning to the Port of Baltimore after a seven day trip to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean officials suspect a norovirus outbreak.

The crew tried to keep the virus from spreading, sanitizing railings and wiping everything down.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 100 passengers and crew also got sick on the previous cruise that arrived back in Baltimore on April 5. The CDC confirms a norovirus was the cause. Federal health officials met the ship at port.

Norovirus is common and highly contagious. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

Royal Caribbean says crews scoured and sanitized the ship and the port to prepare for the next cruise. The company is allowing people to reschedule if they wish. 

Grandeur of the Seas was set to depart for the Bahamas this evening. Last May, an onboard fire at sea cut short a cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas.

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