Up to 16,000 Sun Princess cruise ship passengers to sue over gastro outbreaks

A major class action is being prepared against a cruise ship company for allegedly exposing thousands of passengers to gastroenteritis.

Lawyers say the class action could involve up to 16,000 people following a series of eight nightmare cruises between 2016 and 2017 aboard the Sun Princess cruise ship.

During each voyage, severe vomiting and diarrhoea swept through the ship.

A major class action involving up to 16,000 people is being prepared for allegedly exposing thousands of Sun Princess passengers to a gastro virus. Source: 7 News

The claim alleges Carnival Australia, the parent company of Princess Cruises, which operates the ship, failed in its duty of care to passengers.

It is being accused of not adhering to adequate sanitisation or providing proper guidelines to those on board about the outbreak of norovirus.

Passengers say despite having their holidays ruined due to the gastro outbreak, they never received an apology, refund or credit from the cruise liner.

Carnival Cruises has told 7 News the suggestion that 16,000 people could have been affected was “absurd” and the company is standing by its health and safety procedures.

Carnival Cruises described the suggestion that 16,000 people could have been affected as “absurd”. Source: Simon Love/7News