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Update via Euronews: The number of people hit with a gastrointestinal illness on a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship has swelled to nearly 500, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Earlier: Two-hundred-seventy-seven passengers and crew members aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship became sick with a gastrointestinal illness, according to the cruise line.

Because of the illness, the ship will return to Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday, a day earlier than expected.

“All of the ship’s guests will receive full refunds of their cruise fare paid,” said Owen Torres, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean. “We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

The cruise embarked on a seven-night journey on Sunday. It’s itinerary showed stops in Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.

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The Oasis of the Seas is one of newest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet and holds more than 8,000 people; about 3% of people aboard the ship fell ill.

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