Holiday gastroenteritis outbreak on Boudicca cruise ship


Fred Olsen Lines’ cruise ship Boudicca is coping with another outbreak of gastroenteritis, with 30 passengers still confined to their cabins after contracting the vomiting illness.

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Boudicca left Greenock in Scotland on 7 May on a 13-night Canary Islands cruise and is due to arrive at Madeira as its next port of call.

Strict hygiene regulations have been imposed on board but it is not thought the itinerary will be changed because of the gastro illness outbreak.

Boudicca was hit by outbreaks of holiday gastro illness in both 2009 and 2010, when some passengers took legal action for compensation.

Currently 1,000 people are on board, including 828 holidaymakers.

A spokeswoman for Fred Olsen Lines said:

“The virus is very easily spread by contact with surfaces, and guests are regularly reminded of the importance of meticulous hygiene."

"Anti-bacterial gels are used upon boarding the ship and entering any area serving food. "

"The outbreak should not affect the itinerary, and there are currently no plans to miss any ports of call."

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