Lee-on-the-Solent man to sue P&O after falling ill on cruise

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A PENSIONER who fell ‘violently ill’ on his birthday while on a cruise has spoken of his experience.

David Brown, 67, of Lee-on-the-Solent was with his wife on a P&O Western Mediterranean cruise from May 27 to June 9.

But on the penultimate day, he fell ill, suffering from severe sickness and diarrhoea.

He claims part of the ship were dirty and he had complained to maintenance staff while on the cruise.

Mr Brown, a retired director of a motor garage, said: ‘We did notice that the toilets were dirty as we boarded and were later shocked by the strong smell of sewage.

‘At one point our toilet didn’t work properly for 24 hours and we had to repeatedly complain to maintenance staff – it was poor and not what we expected from a P&O cruise. ‘I fell violently ill with sickness and diarrhoea on my actual birthday and it was horrendous.

‘From speaking to other passengers it seems there were many others who were also ill.

‘I am disappointed that our holiday ended so badly but also concerned for the safety of other passengers. We want answers about what health and safety procedures were carried out after previous outbreaks.’

Mr Brown has instructed travel lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to take on P&O Cruises.

The firm is representing more than 30 people after two outbreaks of suspected norovirus on the ship in December and March this year.

Solicitor Jatinder Paul works in illness claims at the firm.

The solicitor said: ‘We are concerned to hear that more passengers have fallen ill after travelling on the Oriana.

‘We are still investigating cases following a sickness outbreak in December last year and more recently, March of this year.

‘We are awaiting information from Carnival, P&O’s parent company, about what steps were taken to make the ship safe before allowing more passengers onboard.

‘There are strict health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of illness on cruise ships but the reports we’ve heard suggest there may have been problems onboard.

‘We would also now like to hear from anyone else who has travelled on the Oriana as they may have further information that could assist with the case and help bring justice for those affected.’

P&O was unavailable for comment.