Feb 23, 2010

350 people sick aboard Celebrity Mercury cruise ship in Caribbean

Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Tuesday that 326 of the more than 1,800 passengers on the Celebrity Mercury (pictured) began complaining Sunday of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. Martinez also said 27 of the nearly 850 crew members also reported symptoms.

The ship left Charleston, South Carolina on February 15.

The crew is conducting "enhanced cleaning" to prevent the spread of the illness.

An extra doctor and two nurses came aboard in St. Kitts in the British Virgin Islands and will sail to Charleston, arriving Friday.