North Attleborough man recounts outbreak on cruise

A North Attleborough couple was on board the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas when 700 people became ill with vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

Daniel Boutin got sick and was quarantined in his cabin for a few days. His wife did not get sick.

Boutin said while the experience isn't what he expected after the virus broke out, the management on the ship did everything it could do to manage its spread -- from the dining rooms, rails along the ships and into the cabins.

"I was amazed. The CDC said that the ship was 98{} percent in compliance with the CDC rules. They said ships never score this high. The ship was really done the way it was supposed to be done," Boutin said Thursday.

The Explorer of the Seas returned to port in New Jersey on Wednesday, cutting short a planned 10-day cruise. The ship was being sanitized Thursday.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 630 passengers and 54 crew members fell ill. If tests confirm it was the norovirus, it could be one of the largest such outbreaks in 20 years.