NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A North Attleboro man was among the sick on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was forced to head back to New Jersey several days early last week.
Dennis Boutin, 65, began exhibiting symptoms of the Norovirus just a few days into the 10 day cruise. He was quarantined to his room by the ship's doctor. Boutin was one of about 1,000 passengers onboard who contracted the highly contagious virus.
"One night there was nobody in the dining room. Every other table had somebody missing, or an open table," he said.
The outbreak was so severe, passengers only visited two of the four islands on the itinerary and Royal Caribbean handed out exceptional compensations to make up for the disrupted vacations.
"They gave us all of our tip money back that we didn't use, they gave us our parking money back that we didn't use they gave us an additional $400 credit. This is the funny part, anybody that went into quarantine, they gave us $200 a day credit to your credit card for every day you were quarantined," Boutin said.
While Boutin was quarantined, his wife, who remained healthy, was busy planning their next vacation, a trip on the cruise line's newest ship later this year.
There were about 3200 passengers onboard the Explorer of the Seas when the virus was going around. The cruise line issued a statement saying all possible measures have been taken to prevent future problems.