Hundreds Ill on British Cruise Ship

Over 200 passengers on board the Balmoral cruise ship have contracted norovirus since the ship left Southampton on 16 April 2016 for North America.

This latest outbreak follows incidents in 2009 when more than 100 people on board the Balmoral contracted norovirus, and before that in 2010 over 300 people on the ship reportedly suffered diarrhoea and vomiting.

Norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with an infected person, or through contaminated food or drink. Although the symptoms, which include vomiting and diarrhoea, generally subside after a few days, contracting the stomach virus can ruin holidays. This is particularly the case on cruise holidays where passengers may even be confined to their cabins to prevent further outbreaks.

If you have been on a Package holiday which has been ruined by contracting an illness, like norovirus, you are entitled to bring a claim for compensation under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992/3288. Under these regulations you can claim compensation not just for contracting the illness, but also for the loss of enjoyment of your holiday.

At Michael Lewin Solicitors we can help you bring a Holiday Illness claim; contact our Personal Injury team for a free consultation on 0113 200 9720.

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