What started off as a wonderful vacation ended up a nightmare for hundreds of people recently.

Cruises may be a time of relaxation and often sought-after vacation, but sometimes they are not as peaceful as one would assume. While leaving the real world behind can be rejuvenating and exciting, it can be problematic and stressful should an accident or illness occur.

A cruise ship headed back to its home port in the United States after hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea during what was supposed to be a 10-day fun-filled getaway in the sun.

The cruise line announced that it was cutting short the jaunt in the Caribbean a few hours after federal health officials boarded the ship during its U. S. Virgin Islands port to investigate the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 600 passengers out of 3,050 reported being ill during the voyage that left Bayonne, New Jersey. The trip was cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last 20 years.

Reports indicated that hundreds spent days throwing up and stricken passengers had food brought to their rooms. Others were served from covered buffets by crew members wearing gloves and masks.

There are many ways a cruise ship passenger may become ill while on board. Substandard sanitary measures can lead to an outbreak of infectious disease or illness. Food poisoning is also a common hazard on cruise ships, as mass quantities of food are purchased, prepared and served.

Cruise lines are also responsible for providing adequate medical care to any passenger who becomes ill while on board.

If you or a loved one became ill on a cruise ship, such as this one, and were not treated correctly, you need to contact a personal injury attorney who has been successful in cruise ship illness cases.

Contact the law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to protect your rights and fight for your just and rightful compensation. We are conveniently located in Bergen County, New Jersey and New York City. Or visit us online and submit our contact form, we wont charge any fees until we win your case.