Passengers have been sharing their stories of what happened on board the Oriana cruise ship during a Norovirus outbreak on board. The liner docked in Southampton today, returning from a 10-day Baltic cruise. We caught up with some of the travellers as they left the cruise terminal.
P & O Cruises have confirmed that 300 of the 1,843 passengers on board caught the contagious Norovirus vomiting sickness.
P & O have confirmed 300 of the 1,800 passengers on board the Oriana cruise ship were affected by the vomiting bug norovirus. Passengers left the ship this morning after it arrived in Southampton after a tour of the Baltics. The cruise company had said only nine people fell ill.
Health measures have been put in place on the cruise ship Oriana to prevent the spread of norovirus.
Suffering passengers have been asked to isolate themselves in their rooms and not leave the boat for day trips.
A spokeswoman for P&O Cruises said that six people on board have active symptoms today, but she was not able to confirm how many people have been affected in total.
Any medical charges incurred as a direct result of the outbreak will be covered by the company, the spokeswoman confirmed.
Passengers on the Aurora expressed their shock today after a British woman was believed to have fallen overboard from a P&O Cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
Pat Rodgers, 70, from Sheffield, said the missing woman was believed to be in her 70s and on holiday with her daughter.
Mrs Rodgers said the water had been "very choppy" and people on board were "sad and subdued" as a major air and sea search operation took place.
A British woman has believed to have fallen overboard from a P&O Cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
A search operation is underway for the as-yet unnamed passenger, who was reported missing on the Aurora ship as it sailed from the Portuguese city Oporto to Barcelona yesterday, the company said.
Despite an immediate search of the area by the ship's crew, the woman was not found.
"We can confirm a missing female presumed overboard from Aurora sailing from Oporto to Barcelona. The ship turned round to search for her and all relevant authorities have been advised," a P&O Cruises statement said.
The Aurora left Southampton for a 14-night western Mediterranean cruise on Wednesday. The company said that its care team is providing support and assistance to the family.