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Relaxing Holiday To Recuperate From Throat Cancer Ruined By Illness

80+ Passengers Reported As Suffering Illness Aboard Queen Elizabeth


A husband and wife who treated themselves to a luxury cruise to Singapore and Dubai to help him recuperate from throat cancer treatment have instructed expert travel lawyers in a search for answers after their holiday was ruined as Robert was struck down with gastric illness. 

Robert and Verena Keywood, from Mexborough in South Yorkshire, travelled on the Queen Elizabeth Cruise liner, boarding in Singapore and disembarking in Dubai in April this year and have instructed specialist travel lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the cause of the illness. 

Robert, 53, who had undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, started to suffer with symptoms of fever, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, aching in his legs, lack of appetite and severe lethargy whilst onboard the Queen Elizabeth. 

The couple report hearing the ship’s captain make an announcement that over 80 passengers were ill on board the ship and now Irwin Mitchell are launching an investigation to find out why passengers fell ill.

Clare Pearson, a specialist International Personal Injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing the couple, said: 

Steel Engineer, Robert, said: “This was meant to be a holiday where my wife and I could relax and take it easy. I had been having treatment for throat cancer and we just wanted to get away and enjoy ourselves. 

“Whilst onboard we noticed that on occasions some of the food served was lukewarm, the fruit was not always fresh, the pool water was often very dirty looking and a lot of the public toilets which we used we found wouldn’t flush properly, there was also water dripping from the ceilings in the dining rooms and buckets all over the place catching the drips. We were very disappointed to see that the conditions were well below the standard we expected.

“You just don’t expect to get ill when you are booking a holiday. The cruise was only for 10 days but I spent most of it being ill and feeling weak and was still not feeling right when we returned home.”

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