Cruise ship bug
Over 100 hundred passengers on board the Black Prince, a cruise ship operated by Fred Olsen operating from Leith in Edinburgh were struck down with illness.
The ship which is expected to arrive back in Scotland on the 10th of June is now being deep cleaned.
The Black Prince is only one of a number of cruise ships to be hit with a viral bug of this type in the last few weeks. Irwin Mitchell represent a number of clients making compensation claims, who travelled on board the Sea Princess where a similar outbreak of illness occurred and where passengers holidays were ruined as a result.
There were also a number of passengers who travelled on an earlier cruise on board the Black Prince between 27th May 2006 and 3rd June 2006 who also reported symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
The rise in cruise ship bug compensation claims
Cruise ship bugs are not uncommon because passengers are living in a contained environment and viral illness is easily spread.
Suki Chhokar, specialist travel litigation solicitor of Irwin Mitchell comments 'I am concerned to see another outbreak of illness on board a cruise ship as it is possible to put in place simple preventative measures to halt the spread of such infections. In many cases these episodes not only ruin people's holidays but can result in long term health issues'.
Irwin Mitchell have successfully won compensation claims for thousands of holidaymakers who have contracted Norovirus and other illnesses while on holiday on board Cruise ships or at Hotel accommodation.
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