Cruise passengers forced to sleep rough after being stranded ashore

Cruise passengers forced to sleep rough after being stranded ashore
More than 1,000 cruise passengers found themselves having to sleep on a basketball court (Picture: beckyyymcmanus)

More than 1,000 luxury cruise passengers were forced to sleep rough in ‘horrendous’ conditions after being left stranded ashore due to choppy waters.

They had been dropped off to explore Monte Carlo on Saturday morning on the latest stop of their Mediterranean voyage and had been due to get back on P&O’s Azura later the same evening.

However, rough seas scuppered the plan and most of the 1,170 who had disembarked were taken to a nearby basketball court and put up on makeshift beds.

One passenger, 47-year-old Julie Rowson had gone away with her husband and children and told The Sun: ‘It was horrendous. It spoilt our holiday

‘We were supposed to be spending the day in the most luxurious and expensive place on earth but had to spend the night sleeping on a floor.’

ALESUND, NORWAY - AUGUST 15: P&O Cruises ship, Azura, departs port on her seven day cruise from Southampton on August 15, 2017 in Alesund, Norway. With over 3000 guests and 1200 crew, the 115,000 tonne ship is on a seven day Norweigian fjord cruise from Southamton arriving back on the 19th August 2017. Summer is a popular time for the Norweigan Fjord cruise industry with dozens of cruise ships in the waters off Norway with tens of thousands of visitors disembarking every day. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
Choppy waters stopped most passengers getting back on P&O’s Azura cruise ship (Picture: Getty Images)
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Makeshift beds were put up for the guests to sleep overnight (Picture: beckyyymcmanus)
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It wasn’t until the following morning that they were finally able to return to the ship (Picture: beckyyymcmanus)

The passengers were not able to get back on the ship until 10am Sunday morning.

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Julie, a customer services advisor from Cannock in Staffordshire, described how the ‘sea was very rough’ during the ride to Monaco on small tender boats, but staff reassured them it was ‘fine to travel’.

By the time they lined up to get back on board ‘there was delay after delay’ and ‘by 10.45pm we were told we could not travel’ due to ‘a swell in the water’.

The cruise was due to make its next stop at Cartagena in Spain on Monday before heading back to Southampton by Saturday.

A spokesman for P&O Cruises told the newspaper that ‘it was necessary to stop tender operations in Monte Carlo’ Saturday ‘due to unexpected poor sea conditions’.

He added that ‘shelter and food were provided by the ship’s crew for those guests still on shore’.

‘All guests are now back on board. We are so sorry that this happened,’ the spokesman said.

‘It’s certainly not what we would ever want for our guests but safety is our absolute priority.’

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