13 JULY 2009
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MARCO POLO, a cruise ship under charter to Transocean Tours of Bremen, was detained at Invergordon last week following an outbreak of what was thought to be Norovirus. This affected some 200 passengers. Four people were initially retained in hospital and a passenger died whilst the ship was berthed, although this is thought to have no connection with the virus. All told there were 769 passengers on board plus 340 crew. Clients were given an offer to return to Tilbury by a specially chartered train or sail with the ship. As planned, and with all the necessary certificates in place, Marco Polo will then continue her scheduled programme on Tuesday 14 July with a 12-night Baltic Cities and St Petersburg cruise. www.transoceancruises.co.uk
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