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Winter vomiting bug cuts Liverpool to Med cruise short

Fred Olsen Cruise Liner Boudicca
The liner will return to Liverpool on Tuesday

A cruise liner is to end her trip early after hundreds of passengers fell ill with the winter vomiting virus.

The Fred Olsen liner Boudicca set sail from Liverpool on 6 April to Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean.

But throughout the ship's three-week trip, about a third of her passengers have suffered from a bout of the vomiting bug, also called Norovirus.

Fred Olsen said the liner will now return on 27 April to allow time for a deep clean before the next cruise.

Director for Fred Olsen cruise liners Matt Grimes said about 28% of the ship's 1,066 passengers have been affected over the course of the cruise.

There are currently only three people affected, he added.

A statement from the company said: "Fred Olsen takes the welfare of all its passengers and crew very seriously, and any illness on board is of great concern to us.

"Every reasonable precaution is taken to prevent any gastro-type virus from coming on board.

"There are constant reminders to everyone on board to pay particular attention to personal hygiene - but the effectiveness of all these messages is only as good as the co-operation of the people concerned."

All passengers have received £100 to spend on-board and will be compensated for the two days lost on their return home.

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