Pensioner's legal action after 'nightmare' cruise

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 May 2014

Island Escape cruise ship.

Island Escape cruise ship.

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A WESTON pensioner has taken legal action after falling ill during a 'nightmare' holiday on a cruise ship.

Leonard Pearl, of Elborough, was aboard the Island Escape cruise ship with his wife when he became sick.

The break promised a chance to see sights such as Morocco, Madeira and Las Palmas, but after being delivered cold 
food the 85-year-old said he became so ill he was confined to his cabin and lost a stone in weight.Mr Pearl, and other passengers who were on board, have taken their complaints to travel lawyers Irwin Mitchell, highlighting the ship’s overflowing toilets and lukewarm food as key concerns.

Mr Pearl said: “We were on the ninth deck and because I was very ill I was confined to my cabin. My wife was with me so she was confined to the cabin too.

“The food was cold. We were on such a high deck it was inedible by the time it got to us.

“It was a complete and absolute nightmare.

“The cruise was a complete flop, it wasn’t anyone’s fault specifically but there were quite a few illnesses and I was very bad.

“I lost about a stone in weight but I’m holding my own now. It was really unpleasant.

“My wife was looking forward to the holiday.

“Everything worked and the staff were very good but the boat seemed like it needed decorating.

“I have never felt so ill in my life and I’m in my 80s.

“They (cruise ship company) have to make up for it.”

The Island Escape cruise was organised by Sunshine Cruises Limited, TUI UK Limited and First Choice Holidays & Flights Limited.

Irwin Mitchell’s lawyers have already secured some settlements of up to £10,000 per passenger and legal action on behalf of the other passengers, which includes Mr Pearl, is currently ongoing.

The legal firm also said many of the passengers affected by illness suffered symptoms which included diarrhoea, stomach cramps and severe sickness and some are still continuing to suffer symptoms now, four years on from the trip.

The Mercury contacted Thomson about this issue but the company declined to comment.

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