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Cruise liner hit with illnesses returning to SC

Mar 18, 2010 4:06:00 AM - thestate.com
A cruise liner on which passengers fell sick with a stomach bug on three straight cruises is returning to South Carolina.

The Celebrity Mercury returns to South Carolina on Thursday.

The cruise line says 364 of the vessel's more than 1,800 passengers took ill on a cruise which left March 8. There were similar illnesses among passengers on the two previous Mercury cruises from Charleston.

The line says the ship will remain in port through Sunday and extensive cleaning will again be performed.

An additional 50 crew members are being brought in to help. The line is also bringing in a company to steam clean the carpets in all public areas and all staterooms.

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