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Luxury liner hit by sickness bug
Queen Victoria arriving in Southampton
The Queen Victoria was named by the Duchess of Cornwall
Nearly 80 people onboard Cunard's new 300m luxury liner, the Queen Victoria, have been hit by a sickness bug on her second voyage.

A company spokesman said 25 people were still unwell after the Norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, struck.

The 3,000 passengers on the 16-day festive trip around the Canary Islands have paid between 1,100 and 24,400.

The Queen Victoria left her home port of Southampton on 21 December and is due back on the 6 January.

In January 2007, more than 300 people - 17% of the passengers - onboard another Cunard liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2, were infected with the Norovirus.

The Queen Victoria was named by the Duchess of Cornwall in the city on 10 December.

The spokesman confirmed that 78 people in total had been taken ill and had been asked to stay in their cabins to prevent further spread of the bug.

All surfaces onboard were being disinfected and passengers were being asked to wash their hands regularly, he said.

He added the cruise schedule had not been changed and the luxury liner was set to arrive in Gran Canaria on New Year's Eve.

The 90,000-tonne ship boasts seven restaurants, three swimming pools, a 6,000-book library and a casino and is Cunard's most luxurious liner.

SEE ALSO
Cunard's 'queen' liner sets sail
11 Dec 07 |  Hampshire
Camilla names new Cunard 'queen'
10 Dec 07 |  Hampshire
New liner arrives in Southampton
07 Dec 07 |  Hampshire
Luxury cruiser takes to the water
15 Jan 07 |  Hampshire
Work begins on 'new QE2' vessel
19 May 06 |  Hampshire
300m liner's luxuries announced
16 Feb 06 |  Hampshire

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