A cruise ship on which more than six dozen people have been stricken with stomach flu-like symptoms sailed into San Diego Bay Thursday.

The cruise ship Crown Princess. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises
The cruise ship Crown Princess. Photo courtesy Princess Cruises

The Crown Princess departed Los Angeles on Saturday for a tour of the California coastline. Since then, 66 passengers and 17 crew members have since fallen ill with what’s believed to be the Norovirus, Princess Cruises company spokeswoman Karen Candy said in a statement.

Nororvirus is highly contagious and presents symptoms similar to a stomach flu or food poisoning. The afflicted have been isolated in their cabins, Candy said.

San Diego was a pre-scheduled stop on the cruise’s schedule, which also included a stop in Santa Barbara on Wednesday. It is scheduled to return to Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Crown Princess is one of the line’s largest vessels, with room for 3,080 passengers.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.