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12 November 2012 09:24
A wine cruise round the French and Spanish coasts left 350 passengers with suspected norovirus
Scores of cruise ship passengers have been taken ill following a suspected on-board outbreak of norovirus, it has been revealed.
The outbreak prompted the Constellation's departure from Southampton to be delayed and left around 350 passengers suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, highlighting how vital it is to have
cruise travel insurance or
medical travel insurance policies. The Celebrity Cruises ship had been on a 12-night wine cruise around the French and Spanish coasts with about 2,200 passengers and 900 crew members on board. The hours-long delay in departure from Southampton was necessary to enable the ship to be deep cleaned.
Passenger David Mattey criticised on-board sanitation and said being hit by the bug had "completely ruined" his break. Celebrity Cruises said "extra cleaning and sanitising" was being conducted on the Constellation and in the cruise terminal, adding that on-board hygiene procedures were "comprehensive and always strictly adhered to". Rosie Zambra, of Southampton's Port Health Authority, said it was alerted of concerns over increased levels of "what appeared to be norovirus" several days before the ship's arrival.
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.