'We made it': Cruise ship passengers reach dry land after gut-wrenching voyage

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The illness-ridden Royal Caribbean liner arrived in Bayonne, N.J., after trip in which 600 passengers and crew were struck down by a fast-moving stomach bug.

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300 sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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U.S. health officials are expected to board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Virgin Islands on Sunday to investigate a possible outbreak of highly contagious norovirus that has sickened more than 300 passengers and crew members.  

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Stranded cruise passenger: Crew was ‘amazing’ in ‘rough’ conditions

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Back on dry land after five days on the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship, passengers described appallingly unsanitary conditions, but praised the work of the crew in a difficult situation.

“It was really rough,’’ passenger Julie Billings told Matt Lauer on TODAY Friday. “It was like post-natural disasters, but stuck on a boat with 3,200 other people and those poor workers trying to clean up after everyone and deal with everyone freaking out.’’

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'Nightmare' cruise ending for thousands of passengers

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The crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship — described as a “nightmare” of filth — finally docked in Mobile, Ala., Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. EST, but officials said it would still be hours before all the passengers would be able to get off.

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