John and Pat Panter have praised the staff of P&O’s flagship Aurora and have contradicted the impression that life on board has been terrible since the bug struck.’It’s been fine, really,’ said Mrs Panter.
‘The only disappointment was when we were not able to land at Athens.
All the activities have been continuing as normal, except one concert which had to be cancelled when the pianist went ill.’The ship was forced to anchor off the Greek capital when the government refused to allow it to dock, and the moment it arrived in Gibraltar the Spaniards sealed the border.
‘I thought that was hilarious,’ said Mrs Panter.
‘We got off and went and saw the apes, but we didn’t try to run the border!’The Panters did have to run the gauntlet of the mass media who were waiting for them in Gibraltar, however.
It was no surprise, as all the passengers had been watching the reporting of their troubled holiday on satellite television.