Cruise ship forced to dock in Sydney after 180 passengers fall sick with gastro

More than 180 passengers have fallen sick on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

The Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Explorer of the Seas docked in Circular Quay at 6.00am this morning, with paramedics on scene to assess the patients as soon as they disembarked.

The ship was travelling from New Zealand on a 14 day cruise when the passengers fell ill with the stomach bug.


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None of the 182 affected passengers needed to be taken to hospital, with the outbreak reportedly now under control.

The ship will undergo further cleaning before it leaves for another cruise this afternoon.