Man sues cruise firm over illness

09 July 2013 09:22

Numerous passengers fell ill after two outbreaks of suspected Norovirus on board the Oriana in December last year and March this year

Numerous passengers fell ill after two outbreaks of suspected Norovirus on board the Oriana in December last year and March this year

A travel company is facing another legal battle after a man from Hampshire fell ill on one of its cruises.

David Brown, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was enjoying a trip on board the Oriana liner with his wife to celebrate his 67th birthday when he began to suffer from severe sickness and diarrhoea.

He is now suing P&O Cruises over his concerns that not enough was done to protect passengers from becoming ill.

"I fell violently ill with sickness and diarrhoea on my actual birthday and it was horrendous," said Mr Brown. "From speaking to other passengers it seems there were many others who were also ill.

"We did notice that the toilets were dirty as we boarded and were later shocked by the strong smell of sewage. At one point our toilet didn't work properly for 24 hours and we had to repeatedly complain to maintenance staff - it was poor and not what we expected from a P&O cruise."

Travel lawyers Irwin Mitchell, who the retired director of a motor garage has instructed to seek compensation on his behalf, are also representing more than 30 clients following two outbreaks of suspected Norovirus on board the Oriana in December last year and March this year.

Carnival, P&O's parent company, is yet to provide information about what steps were taken to make sure the ship was safe before allowing more passengers on board.

Jatinder Paul, a solicitor and expert in illness claims at Irwin Mitchell, expressed concern at the latest incident on the Oriana.

"There are strict health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of illness on cruise ships but the reports we've heard suggest there may have been problems on board," he said.

"We would also now like to hear from anyone else who has travelled on the Oriana as they may have further information that could assist with the case and help bring justice for those affected."

Falling ill on holiday is an unpleasant experience but cruise travel insurance can help cover any medical bills incurred, which most of the time can be very expensive.

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