‘Typical Brit’ P&O cruise passengers calmly carry on boozing as torrents of water flood onto the deck in rough seas

PASSENGERS on a cruise ship caught in stormy waters were seen calmly carrying on boozing as water flooded the decks around them.

Footage posted online showed the scene on-board the ship, thought to be P&O’s Ventura, as it tried to dock at Cherbourg, France on Saturday.


Passengers on a cruise ship are seen calmly sitting with their drinks as water from the pool laps around their feet[/caption]


The ship was caught in rough waters while trying to dock in Cherbourg, France[/caption]

Shots out the the window of the ship show giant swells and choppy seas, while on-board water is thrown from a swimming pool in the ships atrium.

Passengers are seen gathered round the pool to watch, while others sit calmly in a nearby bar as water laps round their feet.

Calum Lawson, a marine engineer who posted the footage, wrote: “Best part of this video is the amount of typical Brits so un-phased by any danger that occurs because ‘they’re on their jollies’ and nothing can spoil that… b****** ships flooding man.

“Work on cruises ships they said… it’ll be fun they said. (1 storm later): There’s the pool gone.”

The tweet has received 25,000 likes and 3,000 retweets since being posted and attracted a flurry of comments.

“Sitting tight and holding on to their beer,” wrote one woman.

“Why is no one freaking out?” said another.


Ventura is the second largest of P&O’s seven cruise ships, and can accommodate up to 3,192 passengers.

Alison White-Sheen, 68, from Chichester, was drinking coffee near the pool with her husband when the waves started.

She told MailOnline that staff had drained the swimming pool following the flooding, but that it was “a little late as most of the water had already gone over the decks”.

“After talking to someone the next day who was at reception, she had to hold on and stood with her legs a stride to balance herself,” she said.

“She also said that some of the staff were very scared and one of the lady staff was in tears.

“I don’t really know how long the storm carried on for – about an hour.

“They turned the ship – something to do with balancing the ship.”


Another woman said that ship was eventually forced to give up trying to port, so instead “just pottered around in the English Channel until it was time to dock in Southampton”.

On another P&O cruise it was boozy Brits causing the unrest, attacking each other with furniture and plates during a mass brawl.


Passengers said the ship was forced to abandon the attempt to dock in France[/caption]


Social media users asked: ‘Why is no-one panicking?’[/caption]


The clip has been shared more than 3,000 times on twitter[/caption]

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