The third set of passengers to get sick aboard the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship returned to Charleston today. The Celebrity Mercury returned to Charleston a day earlier than scheduled due to its third outbreak of what is believed to be a norovirus.
This trip, 364 passengers out of more than 1,800 became ill while on the ship that left March 8. The crew began sanitizing and cleaning through the ship during the voyage, but also while in port before the next voyage.
In a statement Celebrity Cruises President Daniel Hanrahan apologized for any inconvenience, but made certain the extra time crew members will take to clean the ship, now that its back at port, will prevent additional guests from becoming ill. The next scheduled cruise to leave aboard the Mercury will be delayed for two days.