lorraine.jpgFor most of the passengers on board cruise ship Royal Princess when it caught fire last week, the emergency brought a premature end to their holiday.
For one passenger, however, the engine-room blaze which crippled the ship meant she was homeless.
Lorraine Arzt (left) has lived on board Princess ships almost permanently for more than seven years. When she decided to move to the Royal Princess two years ago, Carnival Cruises boss Micky Arison invited her to act as godmother at a champagne-drenched ceremony in Portofino, Italy.
She spends more than £70,000 a year on her own suite, and has spent more than 4,500 days at sea. She travelled with her husband, Joe, until he died seven years ago.
Lorraine, now in her 80s, was born in Glasgow and lived in Belfast before emigrating to America during the war. This week, she reluctantly flew back to her family in Beverly Hills, California, while Royal Princess was being prepared to travel from Port Said to Athens for repairs.
She’ll be back on board as soon as the ship is ready again.