A couple who were awarded £22,000 in damages after they cut short their £60,000 dream cruise, when it turned into a nightmare due to sickness and physical discomfort, have had their damages slashed by the Court of Appeal.

The couple abandoned the three-month cruise after only one month and then sued the cruise line, Cunard. The County Court awarded them £2,500 each for the diminution in value of the cruise and £7,500 each for distress and disappointment. The wife was also awarded £2,000 for wasted expenditure on new gowns.

On appeal, the Court of Appeal ruled that the settlement relating to distress and disappointment should be cut: the physical discomfort was ‘ephemeral’, said LJ Ward, and should not be equated with a psychiatric injury.