UK: 'HMS Holby City': 170 passengers' holidays ruined by sickness outbreak on 'cursed' cruise liner
Posted: May 22nd, 2012 - 5:25pm
Source: Mail Online
Scores of passengers on board a luxury cruise liner have had their £2,000 holidays ruined by a sickness outbreak.
Around 170 passengers on the Boudicca were hit by the suspected norovirus during its 13-night trip to the Canary Islands.
The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious and those infected were quarantined during the doomed voyage.
The ship, carrying around 828 passengers and 348 crew, was greeted by NHS staff and ambulance crews when it docked in Greenock, Scotland last night.
One passenger told the Daily Mirror: ‘We started calling the ship HMS Holby City.
‘There were two nurses wandering around all the time visiting people, most of them elderly.
‘Half the facilities were shut down and we were even told not to swap quiz sheets to stop the bug spreading.
‘Passengers were offered £150 discounts on their next cruise. We don’t know anyone who accepted.
‘People had spent up to £2000 on the cruise and their holidays have been ruined.’
The 53-year-old woman said a woman in her 80s, who suffered a heart attack, was winched off by a helicopter rescue crew after a stop in Madeira.
It is not known if her condition was linked to the outbreak.