900-mile drive beats flight chaos

//900-mile drive beats flight chaos

carolollyatul.jpgHere are three travellers who refused to let the flight chaos prevent them from getting home. TV’s wine expert Olly Smith (centre), Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, and P&O managing director Carol Marlow should have been flying back to the UK from Malaga on Thursday after sailing for the first three days of Azura’s maiden voyage, but the ship was unable to enter port because of high winds. By the time they reached Palma, Majorca a day later, there were no flights to the UK, and they began to wonder if they would be stranded. Atul needed to get back to London to start preparing a Prince’s Trust dinner at Clarence House tomorrow, and Olly had to be in Glasgow to work on new Channel 4 TV series Iron Chef UK. All was not lost. A flight was found to the Spanish mainland, and a 900-mile dash by mini-bus in 14 hours delivered our intrepid trio to Calais and a cross-Channel ferry. Carol said: “After leaving the ship at 9.00 am on Friday, I arrived back on my doorstep at 6.00 am on Saturday. It was a shame we couldn’t just stay on board and enjoy the cruise with our passengers.”

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:29+00:00 19 April 2010|Cruise News|1 Comment

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  1. baden powell 24 April 2010 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    i wonder if its possible for you to find out if virgin atlantic have put any extra flights on from orlando as my daughter and husband plus two young children have been stranded for over aweek.every day they drive one hour to orlando to ask about flights home and are fobbed off might be sat then sunday then maybe monday.have all the stranded got to wait for the odd cancellation if so how many weeks or months is it going to take .the holiday of a lifetime has turned into a nightmare

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