Ship on which man was killed 'had undergone recent survey'
The cruise operator has insisted that the Marco Polo ship - on which a man was killed on Friday - had undergone "stringent and rigorous surveys". His widow has blamed the "badly maintained" vessel for his death.
The widow of a pensioner killed when a freak wave hit a cruise liner said today the ship was "improperly maintained".
Helen Swinstead was one of several hundred passengers caught in a gale-force storm in the English Channel on Friday. Her 85-year-old husband, James, died when a wave crashed through a window of the liner, the Marco Polo.
But Christian Verhounig, chief executive of Cruise and Maritime Voyages, said: "Marco Polo undergoes stringent and rigorous surveys and is inspected regularly including a recent annual dry docking survey and certification."
"Marco Polo is... serviced in full compliance of strict British and International maritime regulations and is efficiently manned by a professional and dedicated crew."
The wife of a man killed after a freak wave hit a cruise ship in the English Channel has described the moment the waves crashed through the windows.
Helen Swinstead said:
"It was quite dreadful, I was sitting next to him and this window just came in and the sea with it. We were all very very wet I think a woman was taken to hospital and my husband was going to go on the helicopter but he died before they could get him on it.
"He's never made headline news, he'll be sitting on his cloud chortling."
James Swinstead, 85, died "almost instantly" after water rushed on board the British cruise ship Marco Polo as it was battered by waves during severe storms.
Another passenger on the cruise said the storms were "horrendous".
Linda Kogan said:
It was horrendous, I've never been in storms like it. The waves were coming up almost over the ship.
The ship was at an angle. Some people reported the drawers were falling apart and the wardrobe doors falling off.
A lady was actually thrown out of bed with the force. We weren't in the restaurant when the windows broke but I think it was really scary.
One lady said it was just like the films with the foamy water and being swept across the restaurant.Some people were stunned but on the whole people were quite stoic. The crew were fantastic. Some of the crew were actually injured as well.