P&O apologises after 'plague ship' cruise

The Managing Director of P&O Cruises has apologised after at least 300 out of 1,843 passengers on board the Oriana, fell ill during a ten day cruise through the Baltic Sea.

Carol Marlow said "We had a number of people who were taken ill. I have written to all the passengers saying how sorry I am. These are our passengers. We want them to have a good time so they sail with us again".

The company confirmed that any passengers with particular concerns might be entitled to compensation, but that this would be decided on an individual basis.

Cleaners prepare to wash the outside of the Oriana while the ship is docked in Southampton
Cleaners prepare to wash the outside of the Oriana while the ship is docked in Southampton Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
A worker a jet wash to clean the outside of the cruise liner Oriana
A worker uses a jet wash to clean the outside of the cruise liner Oriana Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Cleaners arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton
Cleaners arrive at the Ocean Terminal to help with the deep clean of the ship after several passengers fell ill Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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