Cruising for a Lawsuit?

As the passengers struck by gastroenteritis this month on the cruise ship Aurora can attest, holidays sometimes go very wrong. Mediterranean ports refused to allow the ship entry for fear of contagion, and irate travelers have threatened to sue. But what rights would you have in a similar fix? Not many. Airlines and cruise operators owe their passengers a "duty of care" not to expose them to unreasonable risk. If the company has breached this (e.g. with inadequate hygiene), then you may have cause for compensation. But proving that can be difficult—the spread of a contagious virus in an enclosed setting...

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