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Scores of passengers on board a luxury cruise liner have had their £2,000 holidays ruined by an illness outbreak.
Around 170 passengers on the Boudicca were hit by the suspected norovirus during its 13-night trip to the Canary Islands.
The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious and those infected were quarantined during the doomed voyage.
The Boudicca has been ravaged by viruses before – with some passengers even calling it ‘cursed’
It was hit by three sickness outbreak in as many weeks in 2010 and forced to cut short its voyage and return to port on one of those occasions.
A spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said the latest bug was a viral infection which caused mild gastroenteritis symptoms.
The spokeswoman said: ‘During this cruise, the highest number of guests needing to be kept in isolation at any one time was 35, out of a total number of people on board of 1,176, comprising 828 guests and 348 crew.
‘The total number of cases reported during the 13-night cruise was 170.