Refund for passengers on troubled cruise

ALL passengers from the cruise liner which saw two people test positive for Legionnaires' disease have been given a part-refund for their holiday.

ALL passengers from the cruise liner which saw two people test positive for Legionnaires' disease have been given a part-refund for their holiday.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said the cruise liner The Black Watch was not the source of the infection.

However the company has refunded all passengers with a quarter of the cost of their holiday due to the cruise being cut short.

The spokeswoman refused to say whether the passengers who fell ill have been given compensation as it is against company policy to discuss individual cases.

The liner docked at Dover two days early after seven passengers fell ill with flu-like symptoms on Friday July 27.

The ill passengers were seen by the ship's doctor and taken to hospital in Stockholm. Two tested positive for Legionnaires' disease.

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A spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said: “All passengers were given 25 per cent of what they paid for their holiday. The holiday was cut short by two days, so instead of 17 nights they had 15 nights.”

Following the incident, a thorough clean-up took place where the whole of the water system was flushed through. A Fred. Olsen spokeswoman said the Health Protection Agency was “pleased” with the cleansing programme in place.

Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

The cruise included stops at ports in Russia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden.

Were you one of the passengers on board? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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