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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.
23 March 2017
Passengers on certain flights into the UK will no longer be able to carry laptops and tablets like iPads in their hand luggage.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.