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1,500 cruise ship passengers without toilets for 'three days'


Last updated at 21:38pm on 23rd October 2006

thomsndestiny241006_228x178.jpgThomson's Destiny cruise ship




Around 1,450 passengers on a luxury cruise ship have been left without toilets for three days, according to people on board.

A series of blockages in the plumbing system is said to have led to "mayhem" on board Thomson's Destiny cruise ship.

Tour operator Thomson admitted that there have been problems with the vacuum system of the toilets, but said it was bringing in a team of "super-technicians" to fix the system overnight.

A spokeswoman said: "The team of 10 experts will be working through the night to ensure that the problem will be sorted."

She was unable to confirm how long the toilets had been out of action for.

The huge 11-deck ship is on a seven-day voyage around the Canary Islands and Morocco.

One couple, Derek and Lorraine Twigg, from West Yorkshire, boarded the ship as a birthday treat.

Mrs Twigg, 51, said Destiny had been without toilets for three days and hot water for at least 24 hours.

She said there was "mayhem" on board the ship, which is full, and a protest meeting was being held by passengers.

Mr Twigg's 60th birthday had been ruined by the plumbing faults, she added.

Destiny is the largest ship in the Thomson fleet, with two swimming pools, two restaurants and three bars.

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