If you’re worried about missing the boat remember the Titanic!

20th May 2021 by admin

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Mr and Mrs Bensusan booked a 14 night cruise with Airtours. It was back to back 7 night cruises onboard the Sundream from Jamaica, the first through the Panama Canal and the second to destinations in Mexico.


The couple checked in on time for their flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay for a 9.35 departure which would get them to Jamaica at 15.00 local time. But things did not go according to plan:

Eventually the couple arrived at Montego Bay at 4.15 am the following day, by which time their ship had sailed – despite constant assurances to the contrary.

The unhappy couple were offered the alternative of returning home with a full refund and compensation or 7 nights in an all inclusive four star resort plus £100 compensation. They chose the latter and caught the second cruise in their itinerary. On their return home they sued Airtours.

It was held on appeal that Airtours had not established that the events that caused the delay were unforeseeable or could not have been forestalled and the Bensusans were entitled to compensation.

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[This is the case of Bensusan v Airtours Holidays Ltd heard on appeal at Brentford County Court on 8 August 2001]



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