Boudicca lurches into port with 170 passengers struck down by gastro illness
Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship Boudicca has been hit by another bout of sickness and diarrhoea, after 170 passengers were taken ill on 13-night cruise to the Canary Islands.
The Boudicca returned to Greenock earlier this month and underwent intense fumigation after a 21-night cruise to Croatia.
The ship left 90 minutes late as a result and the Canary Islands cruise went to schedule despite the illness, which struck almost as soon as it left port and headed for Madeira.
By the time the ship docked in Greenock on Sunday (20/05/12), 170 passengers were ill with sickness and diarrhoea and ambulances were standing by on the quayside.
The liner was carrying 828 passengers and 348 crew members on the cruise – as the ship headed for Madeira, 30 passengers were confined to their cabins.
Passengers on the recent Canary Islands trip say they christened the vessel HMS Holby City.
A Fred Olsen Lines spokeswoman said the infection was a gastointestinal bug which caused “mild symptoms”.
However, one passenger said:
“Half the facilities were shut down and we were even told not to swap quiz sheets to stop the bug spreading.”
A Fred Olsen Lines representative said:
“At Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the health, safety and well-being of our guests and crew on board remains our priority at all times – and we believe that our systems for preventing the spread of illness on board our ships are amongst the best within the industry.”
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