Cruise passengers abandon ship due to toilet failure

LONDON - One thousand cruise passengers have been forced to abandon their Mediterranean cruise due to failed plumbing in 250 of the ship’s cabins. The UK-based Thomson Celebration vessel was half way into its 14-day cruise around France, Portugal and Spain, when the plumbing failure in the toilets of some cabins was detected. The problem was initially fixed, but broke down again a few days later and when engineers failed to mend the plumbing. Around 600 were flown back to the UK in three aircraft. About 500 passengers, whose toilets were functioning, remained on the cruise and will return to Southampton today. The 21-year old vessel joined the Thomson brand this month. Passengers will receive a full refund and a 25 per cent discount on their next booking.

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