The cruise ship, Celebrity Mercury, that ported out of Charleston on February 15, is heading back with more than 400 sick passengers. According to a Celebrity Cruises statement, 419 of the 1,838 guests and 27 of the 849 crew members on board the Celebrity Mercury have experienced a gastrointestinal illness. Those affected by the illness have so far been treated with an over-the-counter medication. The ship’s staff is also conducting enhanced cleaning throughout the ship.
To take extra precautions, an additional doctor and two nurses joined the medical staff already on board. The ship left out of Charleston on February 15, and is expected to return on February 26.