P&O praised for response after norovirus alert on Aurora

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A PASSENGER on a cruise ship has praised the way an outbreak of the norovirus was handled.

Chris Davis was on board Aurora, a P&O cruise ship, which left Southampton on Sunday evening for a four-night cruise to Amsterdam and Bruges.

But halfway through the cruise, passengers were told that the highly-contagious norovirus had broken. Passengers were given a letter from the captain.

Chris, 22, from Hilsea, was on his 10th cruise.

He said: ‘Once we heard about the norovirus we noticed that they were cleaning everywhere – more than usual.

‘I noticed it the next morning, especially at the buffet.

‘At every point the staff were handing out tissues.

‘It was dealt with quite well. It wasn’t their fault. Someone must have come on board with it and didn’t realise. Some people just aren’t as hygienic.’

Chris was fortunate enough not to catch it.

‘I had no problems with it at all,’ he said. ‘It was noticeable around the ship. There were extra measures in place.’

A spokeswoman for P&O cruises said: ‘There has been an incidence of a mild gastrointestinal illness among the passengers on Aurora during her four-night cruise which left Southampton January 4.

‘The safety and comfort of passengers and crew is always our number one priority.

‘As is standard procedure across our fleet, all the ship’s passengers were provided with a precautionary health notice advising of norovirus activity and the health measures to avoid contraction and spread, both on board and whilst ashore.’

Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK. The virus is highly contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

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