I was delighted to read in my local paper of Bill and Elly Clough, who have returned home after their world cruise on board P&O’s ill-fated Aurora.
For I met them 11 years ago on a world cruise on board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch. I joined the ship for a short segment from Hong Kong to Singapore; they were in the cabin next door, and hosting bridge classes for passengers.
Their latest voyage was interrupted when the Aurora developed propulsion problems and spent six days in Auckland, New Zealand, awaiting repairs.
Mrs Clough, 70, told the Basingstoke Gazette, they were upset at the protests organised by some passengers. “I can’t praise P&O highly enough. We stayed on the ship and have been wonderfully looked after and given free drinks.
“It’s been very distressing the way people have gone round forming committees and having signings and going around with yellow ribbons – passengers are literally revolting over it. As far as we are concerned, we are happy with everything P&O have done for us. We have loved every minute of it.”
Now they are back home, Bill and Elly are no doubt planning how to spend their Aurora compensation on another next cruise. I hope so.