Dream cruise turned into holiday from hell with sewage stench and passengers struck down with sickness and diarrhoea

Thomson Dream cruise ship. PNL-140503-111104001

Thomson Dream cruise ship. PNL-140503-111104001

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A firefighter who booked a cruise to celebrate his retirement from the rescue service was met with the stench of human waste when he boarded the vessel.

But former Hemel Hempstead fireman Paul Stanbridge said he and wife Gill were among the ‘lucky ones’ aboard the Thomson Dream cruise ship in 2010 as others had backed up waste overflowing into their bathrooms and some were struck down with chronic sickness and diarrhoea.

Paul, 57, said: “We boarded the ship, got given a cabin number and as we were going down the stairs into the bulk of the ship the stench of human sewage was unbelievable and the closer you got to the cabin the worse it got.


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