P&O Cruises' Azura was delayed in Southampton due to Norovirus outbreak. The 3,096-guest ship was deep cleaned yesterday (October 30) and passengers were asked to arrive 5 hours later than planned, with Azura setting sail at 8.30 p.m. (GMT).
P&O Cruises offered all travelers £20 onboard credit for refreshments while they were waiting.
A statement posted on the line's FB page on October 29 stated:
"If you are joining Azura tomorrow we have some important information for you. There has been an increase in gastrointestinal illness on board, we believe this was caused by Norovirus which is the second most frequently reported illness after the common cold.
As a result, embarkation will be starting later in the afternoon so we can clean the ship appropriately. We are asking guests to arrive 5 hours later than the arrival time given to them. We will be crediting all board accounts with £20 per person to allow you to get some refreshments on the way to Southampton.
For those guests travelling on a P&O Cruises organised coach please arrive at the coach as planned.
We are really sorry about the disruption but we do need this time so we can manage our cleaning appropriately."