Bush family appears well after cruise
PORT CANAVERAL -- Former President Bush and his son, Gov. Jeb Bush, returned Sunday from a three-night holiday cruise with family and security agents, showing no signs of a recent illness that has sickened some cruise passengers.
The Disney Wonder cruise ship pulled into port about 6 a.m. Sunday and all members of the Bush family had left the vessel by 8 a.m. without making comment, said Dixie Sansom, Canaveral Port Authority's director of government relations. All were in good health, she added.
About a dozen Bush family members -- including the former first lady, the governor's wife and their two sons -- made the trip with about 2,500 other passengers. President George W. Bush's daughters Jenna and Barbara were listed on the ship's manifest.
Officials from the governor's office and Disney Cruise Line did not immediately return calls Sunday seeking comment.
The ship is about the length of three football fields and has 875 staterooms. It made stops in Nassau and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
Before going on the cruise, the governor said he was more worried about not having e-mail access than the recent wave of illnesses that has struck passengers on cruise ships.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into more than 20 outbreaks on cruise lines, more than it has seen in the four previous years combined. The agency considers an outbreak to be 3 percent or more of a ship's passengers or crew members getting an illness. The Wonder has not been one of the ships stricken.
The Bushes paid their family's expenses, while the federal and state governments paid for their security detail.
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