PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Some passengers who departed the Royal Carribean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship on Saturday morning remembered their cruise as less than ideal.
"My daughter got sick. My son got sick," said Ariana VanHaaster, who booked the cruise as a vacation to her seven-year-old family.
Her son, Ian, was one of the first to get sick in a norovirus outbreak, as royal Caribbean spokeswoman Kiki Perera said touched over 400 passengers and crew members.
"Every night there was a report from the captain about the disease measures," says Ian VanHasster. "You continued to hear these scary things like," Oh, when can I just get out? ""
The cruise would last seven days, but the crew made the choice to return one day early to get passengers home safely and have more time to clean the ship. Cleaning herds, dressed in full colorants, could be seen as spray bars and furniture shortly after all passengers came out of the boat.
Vanhaaster's wing from California to tour the Caribbean. The cruise, departing from Port Canaveral on Sunday, quickly took a trip to the family.
"(My son) got sick Monday night and we took him to the hospital Tuesday morning when we arrived in Haiti," says Ariana VanHaaster.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the extremely infectious gastrointestinal disease can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea. Garret Westover, from Nebraska, also caught the disease, which he said felt like a stomach flu.
"(I threw it up) three times in eight hours," he said.
Vanhaasters tried to get Ian seen by the ship's doctor shortly after reboarding from Haiti and found that he was no longer the only one affected.
"Shortly after we came back, hundreds of people began to vomit," said Ariana VanHaaster. "At that time, the medical facility was filled with people vomiting all over the floor, projectile vomiting. It was not a place to be."
There were 6,823 passengers on the ship. The family said they even saw acrobats from the ship's built-in show at the medical center.
Both VanHaasters and Westover praised the crew member's quick response in the midst of the outbreak.
"They went down the corridors and cleaned everything while people were using it. When they touched, they became cleansing," Ian VanHaaster said.
Royal Carribean will refund each passenger's cruise price, whether sick or not. Although Vanhaasters are grateful for the compensation, they are even more grateful to be out of the boat.
"I need a vacation from my vacation," said Ariana VanHaaster.