Griswold couple on sick cruise ship tell all

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GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Griswold couple is among the many who got sick on a Royal Carribbean cruise this week and they tell all to News 8’s Tina Detelj.

When the Lussiers got back home from their trip on Wednesday, they put their luggage in the garage and hoped that the cold would kill anything they brought back with them from the sick ship.

It was supposed to be another adventure on the high seas, but two days into the eleven-day cruise passenger Joseph Lussier had more than just sea sickness.

“I mean, he scared me when he was laying in the bed. He was the same color as the sheets. I was like my god,” said his wife, Dolores Lussier.

Shortly after that, Dolores came down with what is believed to be the norovirus – in what may be one of the largest outbreaks in twenty years.

“So every time you ate and something didn’t feel good, you said ‘oh is it coming back’,” said Dolores.

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas was supposed to bring this Griswold couple to St. Thomas and St. Martin, but that ill-fated voyage was cut after 700 people fell sick. All hands were on deck to help keep the ship clean.

“Everything had to be handed to you you didn’t touch anything. It got scary,” said Dolores.

The experience didn’t manage to sink their love of cruising and they gladly accept the 50 percent refund off this trip and a future one.

“We’re not smart enough to stay home. Well there’s so many ships out there and it could happen… what are the odds,” said the couple.

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