Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream Cruise Is Hit by Vomiting Bug; Woman Was Left Confined to Her Cabin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream Cruise Is Hit by Vomiting Bug; Woman Was Left Confined to Her Cabin

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Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter ? 0191 201 6276 ?

ACOUPLE celebrating their silver wedding anniversary told how their dream cruise trip turned sour when an outbreak of norovirus swept through their luxury liner.

David and Lynn Thirlwall paid more than PS1,400 for a 10-day Christmas cruise on P&O's Oriana touring festive markets across Europe stopping at Oslo, Copenhagen and the medieval city of Bruges. But just days into the trip - which they had planned to celebrate their 25th anniversary next year - a virus broke out and Mrs Thirlwall was left confined to her cabin for two days.

Mr Thirlwall said passengers were falling ill one by one as they sat eating their dinner and sections of the ship were put into lock-down as cruise ship workers battled to contain the outbreak.

The father of two, 51, who lives in Sherburn Hill, Durham, with Lynn, 49, and sons, Mark, 21, and Jonathon, 17, said rumours spread that some passengers were being stopped from leaving the Oriana.

He said: "People were coming round with mops and buckets. Because of concerns about the spread they said they were closing the self-service restaurant.

"There was one evening where there was a row of tables and at least one person from each table was falling ill as the evening went on. They were dropping like flies.

"It doesn't do much for your appetite - it was like a game of Russian roulette. My wife was taken ill the day before we were suppose to arrive at Oslo.

"She had really bad sickness and she was told not to leave the cabin. She was given injections and was confined to the cabin for two days."

Around 300 passengers who paid up to PS1,429 for the tour of Christmas markets were struck down by the winter vomiting bug on the cruise.

Large parts of the Oriana were closed off to avoid the virus spreading further and passengers were quarantined as many were sick in corridors, theatres and restaurants. …

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