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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Cruise liner turns into 'plague ship'

PASSENGERS on a luxury cruise where illness has struck said it has been like sailing on a plague ship.

Those aboard the P&O liner Oriana on a 10-night Baltic cruise out of Southampton have reported as many as 400 passengers being struck down with the norovirus winter vomiting bug.

A spokeswoman for P&O's parent company Carnival said there had been "an incidence of a mild gastrointestinal illness" among the passengers. She added that as of today, of 1,843 passengers, "the number of passengers with active symptoms is six".

But passenger Paul Gilman (62), said: "It has been outrageous from start to finish. People were falling like flies, yet the crew were trying to insist everything was fine. Everyone is saying, 'this is a plague ship'. It's a living nightmare."

Another passenger, Brian Weston (67), from the Isle of Wight, said: "It's been a shambles from start to finish. Passengers became ill almost immediately we set sail."

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