Man thrown off luxury cruise after ‘mutiny’

French man thrown off luxury cruise after ‘mutiny’.
French man thrown off luxury cruise after ‘mutiny’.

A MAN was thrown off a luxury cruise liner after staging a "mutiny" after the captain cancelled two stops on the itinerary.

The Costa neoRiviera cruise was to journey around the islands of Madagascar, Maurice, Reunion and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

But two days into the trip, the captain announced three stops at Madagascar would be cancelled due to the outbreak of plague on the island, the UK's Telegraph reported.

French chef Alain Jan, who was travelling with his wife, said he was initially fine with the change in itinerary.

But the next day, another two stops were cancelled and Mauritius was also axed from the itinerary.

And to make matters worse, passengers were told as compensation they would receive just €150 ($228) to spend on board the cruise liner.

"Things started heating up - €150 when a major part of the trip is cancelled and a drink on board costs €5," Mr Jan told the Le Parisien newspaper.

"That evening, we organised a protest in the restaurant. There were 60 of us banging our fists on the table to alert other cruise passengers to this con job."

The group staged a second protest as the cruise approached the Seychelles.

That's when the captain called the local police chief who came on board and escorted Mr Jan and his wife off.

"I spent two nights in a hotel in the Seychelles with my wife, then were flown home paid for by Costa. That's how I was freed from the floating prison," Mr Jan said.

Mr Jan said Costa Cruises had known about the plague outbreak in Madagascar for months but didn't do anything about it until the passengers were already on the cruise.

Costa Cruises denied his claim, saying in a statement: "The company made every effort to maintain the stop-offs on Madagascar, looking into all the alternatives."

It continued: "Given the delays that would have created, and even longer ones if there were any suspect cases on board, and considering that passengers were already on board, the company was forced to restrict its trip to the Seychelles and Reunion."

Topics:  luxury cruise mutiny travel

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