January 30th, 2014
10:44 AM ET

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Returns Home - With a Sickness Record

The ill-fated Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned home Wednesday with an ignoble mark.

Nearly 700 crew and passengers fell ill aboard the Explorer of the Seas, the highest number of sick people reported on any cruise ship in two decades, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.

At least 630 passengers and 54 cruise workers got sick, but not all at the same time.

Some passengers suggested that the outbreak may have been worse than reported.

"600 people represents twenty percent of the population of the passengers on the boat and I would venture to say that it's the opposite," passenger Mike Palombi told "New Day's" Kate Bolduan.

"That twenty percent didn't have some form, some malady, represented from that virus."  (See full interview above)

After the cruise, Kim Waite told CNN that she discovered the scope of the outbreak when she was taken to a makeshift infirmary in a wheelchair and sick passengers were everywhere, vomiting in buckets and bags. She said she waited three hours to be seen.

"I just started crying," she said. "I couldn't believe it. I was in shock. Because I thought I was the only one that was sick, and then when you see everyone else sick, it really upsets you even more."

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