Our cruise “nightmare” – engagement trip ‘ruined’ by vomiting bug

Bournemouth Echo: 'NIGHTMARE': Lauren and Danny Bushaway 'NIGHTMARE': Lauren and Danny Bushaway

A COUPLE say their engagement celebrations turned into a “nightmare” during a luxury cruise.

Lauren and Danny Bushaway, of Merley in Wimborne, were passengers on the Thomson Majesty to the Canary Islands with Lauren’s parents and sister in April 2013.

On the evening of April 7, during the Captain’s Ball, 23-year-old Danny asked Lauren, 24, for her hand in marriage.

However, the pair claims their happiness was cut short when Danny says he suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps less than an hour after he had gone down on one knee.

The family say both Lauren and her mother Alison Sibley subsequently suffered with similar symptoms.

Lauren, who married Danny in November, said: “This trip should have been a perfect way to celebrate our engagement with each other and our family, but just hours after Danny proposed he was confined to the cabin and was unable to celebrate with us all.

“When mum and I also became ill it was truly horrendous and the celebration turned into a nightmare rather than the romantic getaway Danny had in mind.”

Danny says he became alarmed when he claims he found blood in his vomit and he was given three injections by the ship’s doctor to ease the symptoms.

More than a year later, Danny claims he continues to suffer from stomach cramps due to the illness, which the family believe may have been caused by poor food hygiene.

Clare Pearson, a specialist travel lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, which is representing the family, said she hopes Thomson will work with them to investigate the conditions described on the boat.

“This was meant to be one of the most romantic weeks of Danny and Lauren’s lives but unfortunately the illness they suffered left them unable to enjoy any of the facilities onboard and with awful memories rather than happy ones.”

A spokesperson for Thomson said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr and Mrs Bushaway’s experience on board the Thomson Majesty.

“As this case is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

“The ultimate priority for Thomson Cruises is the health, safety and comfort of all our customers. We operate stringent health and hygiene procedures in line with industry standards.”

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1:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

Yet another compo claim from random people - and this is considered newsworthy?!!
Yet another compo claim from random people - and this is considered newsworthy?!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 24

1:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Yet another compo claim from random people - and this is considered newsworthy?!!
This happened over a year ago,how can they do any checks on hygiene now
Sh*t happens,get over it.............
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Yet another compo claim from random people - and this is considered newsworthy?!![/p][/quote]This happened over a year ago,how can they do any checks on hygiene now Sh*t happens,get over it............. burgerboy
  • Score: 17

1:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Yet another rubbish article,a or is it to tell people your going to make a claim from the cruise company..........som
e people ,!!!!,,,,,......
Yet another rubbish article,a or is it to tell people your going to make a claim from the cruise company..........som e people ,!!!!,,,,,...... skydriver
  • Score: 17

2:19pm Thu 3 Jul 14

smhinto says...

Sickening situaton!!!
Sickening situaton!!! smhinto
  • Score: 6

2:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

BournemouthMum says...

I must be in a minority, but my idea of hell: a cruise ship holiday - eugh!
I must be in a minority, but my idea of hell: a cruise ship holiday - eugh! BournemouthMum
  • Score: 11

2:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

just hours after Danny proposed he was confined to the cabin and was unable to celebrate with us all.

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Party pooper
just hours after Danny proposed he was confined to the cabin and was unable to celebrate with us all. ..... Party pooper Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 13

2:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

crazybird says...

Unfortunately we have become a "where there is blame there's a claim" country and it is ridiculous. Accidents happen, and have always happened, sickness bugs happen - get over it. I wonder how people coped in the 40's, 50's, 60's etc., we are turning into a bunch of softies! Man up people and get on with it!
Unfortunately we have become a "where there is blame there's a claim" country and it is ridiculous. Accidents happen, and have always happened, sickness bugs happen - get over it. I wonder how people coped in the 40's, 50's, 60's etc., we are turning into a bunch of softies! Man up people and get on with it! crazybird
  • Score: 13

3:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

Nice ploy from the solicitor - bit of free advertising, and have a news article and approach from the press to Thompson to add a little pressure to improve the amount of compo.

Has this pair no shame?
Nice ploy from the solicitor - bit of free advertising, and have a news article and approach from the press to Thompson to add a little pressure to improve the amount of compo. Has this pair no shame? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 11

3:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

How nonentities manage get publicity in the press. Plus possibly a bit off the solicitor's bill for allowing them to be used as a free advert.
How nonentities manage get publicity in the press. Plus possibly a bit off the solicitor's bill for allowing them to be used as a free advert. Old Colonial
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

60plus says...

I know these people and they are genuine hard working people,their holiday was ruined so before you pass rubbish comments engage brain,
I know these people and they are genuine hard working people,their holiday was ruined so before you pass rubbish comments engage brain, 60plus
  • Score: -19

4:00pm Thu 3 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

60plus wrote:
I know these people and they are genuine hard working people,their holiday was ruined so before you pass rubbish comments engage brain,
Question 1. Why the 'story'?
2. Why a year later?
3. Why name the solicitor?
4. Why emphasise on the engagement so much? He popped the question whilst on holiday (not exactly a cruise taken because they had got engaged)
5. In what way is this story in the interest of the general public - 99.99999% of which will never heard of these people.

There you go brain engaged and guess what, same conclusion?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I know these people and they are genuine hard working people,their holiday was ruined so before you pass rubbish comments engage brain,[/p][/quote]Question 1. Why the 'story'? 2. Why a year later? 3. Why name the solicitor? 4. Why emphasise on the engagement so much? He popped the question whilst on holiday (not exactly a cruise taken because they had got engaged) 5. In what way is this story in the interest of the general public - 99.99999% of which will never heard of these people. There you go brain engaged and guess what, same conclusion? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 16

4:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Baysider says...

This has norovirus written through it like a stick of rock. Cruises are famous for it due to the confinement. As for still getting stomach cramps a year after alleged food poisoning, no chance imo. Maybe physchosomatic but can't see it being due to food poisoning. Compo chasing and little more.
This has norovirus written through it like a stick of rock. Cruises are famous for it due to the confinement. As for still getting stomach cramps a year after alleged food poisoning, no chance imo. Maybe physchosomatic but can't see it being due to food poisoning. Compo chasing and little more. Baysider
  • Score: 15

5:54pm Thu 3 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

It IS norovirus...I had it in April 2013 and it's so highly contagious it's like 28 days later. Once one person has d&v it's only a matter of time before everyone else starts erupting like mount Krakatoa.

It has nothing to do with poor food hygiene. One passenger has to get on with it, 48 hours later other people get affected. There are so many different strains of it it's impossible to build immunity. I suffer with anaemia and haveow immunity so I pick this up all the time. You are normally immune for 6 weeks and
It IS norovirus...I had it in April 2013 and it's so highly contagious it's like 28 days later. Once one person has d&v it's only a matter of time before everyone else starts erupting like mount Krakatoa. It has nothing to do with poor food hygiene. One passenger has to get on with it, 48 hours later other people get affected. There are so many different strains of it it's impossible to build immunity. I suffer with anaemia and haveow immunity so I pick this up all the time. You are normally immune for 6 weeks and misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

It IS norovirus...I had it in April 2013 and it's so highly contagious it's like 28 days later. Once one person has d&v it's only a matter of time before everyone else starts erupting like mount Krakatoa.

It has nothing to do with poor food hygiene. One passenger has to get on with it, 48 hours later other people get affected. There are so many different strains of it it's impossible to build immunity. I suffer with anaemia and haveow immunity so I pick this up all the time. You are normally immune for 6 weeks and then it can infest you again. People who have blood group O are normally affected. Blood group B are often safe.

It is horrendous leaving you as weak as a kitten. It normally disappears as quickly as it appears. To try and sue the cruise company is ridiculous. No wonder there is so much paper work involved with these claims and compo idiots around.
It IS norovirus...I had it in April 2013 and it's so highly contagious it's like 28 days later. Once one person has d&v it's only a matter of time before everyone else starts erupting like mount Krakatoa. It has nothing to do with poor food hygiene. One passenger has to get on with it, 48 hours later other people get affected. There are so many different strains of it it's impossible to build immunity. I suffer with anaemia and haveow immunity so I pick this up all the time. You are normally immune for 6 weeks and then it can infest you again. People who have blood group O are normally affected. Blood group B are often safe. It is horrendous leaving you as weak as a kitten. It normally disappears as quickly as it appears. To try and sue the cruise company is ridiculous. No wonder there is so much paper work involved with these claims and compo idiots around. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 6

6:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

Try Cork next time when cruising.
Try Cork next time when cruising. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

guisselle says...

This takes globe-trotting to a new level!
This takes globe-trotting to a new level! guisselle
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Villz says...

And how can a Thomson cruise be described as luxury?!
And how can a Thomson cruise be described as luxury?! Villz
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

woby_tide says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
Try Cork next time when cruising.
It makes it uncomfortable to sit down though. What about Imodium instead?
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: Try Cork next time when cruising.[/p][/quote]It makes it uncomfortable to sit down though. What about Imodium instead? woby_tide
  • Score: 4
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