Over 130 people have been struck down with severe gastric illness on board the Black Watch Cruise Ship.
The ship is now docked in Fife, although the passengers became ill during a 12 night cruise to Scandinavia and St Petersburg.
The Fred Olsen Ship had almost 800 guests on board, and many people were still unwell after it moored in Rosyth, Fife. The ship was then deep cleaned by specialists.
A spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said: “ “Fred Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm, during Black Watch’s 12-night Scandinavia and St Petersburg cruise, there was an outbreak of a gastroenteritis-type illness, and every effort was made to contain the illness, in accordance with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on-board medical protocols.
“Black Watch returned to Rosyth on Friday, where she is currently undergoing an intensive cleaning and sanitation programme, which includes a complete ship fumigation by professional external contractors.
“Representatives from the local health authorities and Rosyth Port Health have been on board the ship this morning, and have confirmed that they are satisfied with the containment and preventative measures being undertaken by the ship.”
Anne Thomson, Head of the Holiday Illness Claims Department at Farnworth Rose said: “There is nothing worse than suffering gastroenteritis on board a cruise ship when you are hundreds of miles from home. This type of illness spreads quickly when people are confined to a relatively small space, and there should be a full investigation carried out by Fred Olsen to ensure this never happens again. Poor standards of hygiene are suspected to have caused the illness.
“Fred Olsden say they have implemented their prevention of procedures and I hope that this has been carried out thoroughly.
“I however anyone who suffered illness on board observed any poor cleaning or hygiene practices, they should contact us immediately as it should be possible to bring a successful claim for compensation.
“I am pleased to hear that the Black Watch is undergoing an intensive cleaning and sanitation programme. If this is carried out properly, it should see the infection eradicated. It will be interesting to see what happens during the ships next voyage”.
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