Luxury cruise passengers forced to sleep in gym after being stranded ashore

Passengers on a luxury cruise have been forced to sleep on camp beds at a basketball court after being stranded in Monte Carlo.

More than 1,000 passengers, who are mostly Brits, were unable to return to P&O's Azura cruise ship due to adverse weather conditions.

They were dropped off by small boats at 10am on Saturday morning which were then unable to make the return journey due to choppy waters.

As a result, 1,170 passengers were left stranded in the luxurious destination overnight.

But rather than being taken to a hotel, the passengers slept on tables or makeshift beds at a basketball courts.

Others had camp beds or slept on the floor, The Sun reports.

Mum-of-two Julie Rowson, of Cannock, Staffs, said: “It was horrendous. It’s spoilt our holiday.

“We were supposed to be spending the day in the most luxurious and expensive place on earth but had to spend the night sleeping on a floor.

“I’m very angry and upset. It’s a disgrace. It was very cold. There were a lot of elderly people there.”

Julie is on holiday with her husband Paul, 48, and their two children and said the journey from the cruise ship had been choppy.

They spent the day "seeing how the other half live" but then there was "delay after delay" when they returned to the port to travel back to the ship.

Eventually, passengers were told they were going to stay at a basketball court for the night where Julie says they were just given towels.

The cruise will at Cartagena in Spain on Monday before ending in Southampton on Saturday.

A spokesman for P&O Cruise said: “Due to unexpected poor sea conditions it was necessary to stop tender operations in Monte Carlo yesterday.

“Shelter and food were provided by the ship’s crew for those guests still on shore.

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