Sick Ship Returns

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POSTED: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 5:09pm

Dozens sickened by norovirus on Caribbean Princess prior to its arrival in Texas. Amanda Perez reports.

(KPRC) Passengers on a norovirus-infected cruise ship are back on land after docking in Pasadena, Texas.

The ship arrived at the Bayport Terminal around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, but passenger were not able to walk off the ship until 7 a.m. Friday morning.

Over the course of the trip, Princess Cruises says 165 people became ill.

The cruise line said the increase in illness was determined to be norovirus, which is highly contagious.

The Caribbean Princess cruise was scheduled to be seven days long, but a scheduled call to Belize was cancelled.

"We were confined to the room for three days," said Steve Juneau. "We didn't get to enjoy any of the meals or any of the shows. They threatened people and told them if they didn't stay in their room, they would have them put on a Navy Coast Guard ship and brought back to land. It was terrible. They cancelled Belize which was the main reason people came on this cruise."

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