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Billion Pound Cruises: All at Sea

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Summary

A report on how the coronavirus pandemic brought the £120billion cruise industry to its knees and 100s of ships around the world to a standstill. The documentary looks at the role of cruise ships in spreading the virus and ask if passengers' well-being was put first, as it tells the story of the six extraordinary weeks when thousands of passengers ended up in quarantine.

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Many industries have taken a direct hit during the coronavirus pandemic, but few have been so comprehensively torpedoed as cruising. The unfolding crisis, as cases of the virus started to spread around the world, saw outbreaks on board ships at sea among passengers and crew.

One British couple, Sally and David, who became well-known on television as they documented their time stuck on board a cruise liner moored outside a Japanese port, talk of what was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime.

They’d expected to visit different countries, instead, says David, who caught the virus and was hospitalised, “it started and ended in Yokohama”.

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DirectorPage Shepherd
Executive producerAndrew O'Connell
Executive producerHelen Tonge
ProducerPage Shepherd

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