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A cruise passenger says he ‘received thousands of pounds’ after a male worker repeatedly asked him if he was ‘sure’ he wasn’t gay and whether he wanted to ‘have some fun’.
Lewis Meehan, 27, said he was propositioned in the early hours of January 23 after he phoned room service on P&O cruise ship Britannia during a trip to the Caribbean.
Carnival UK, which owns P&O Cruises, allegedly made a payout of ‘thousands of pounds’ to Mr Meehan, which he said was ‘less than the value of the cruise’.
Mr Meehan said: ‘It was just so unexpected – it totally ruined our holiday. My sister was really scared by it.’
Lewis Meehan, 27, (pictured) was on a Caribbean trip on board P&O’s Britannia in January when he says he was propositioned by a member of staff
The Nottingham Forest fan said he returned to his cabin after celebrating a win and called room service to order a pepperoni pizza.
He answered the door in his boxers when the food arrived but was left bemused when the staff member told him he had a nice body.
The staff member left but then phoned his room to say he would need to come back to take payment.
Because of the member of staff’s earlier comments about his body Mr Meehan set up his phone to record the incident.
Mr Meehan set up his phone to record the incident after he said the male staff member previously said he had a nice body while delivering a pizza
The worker said he ‘just wanted to have some fun’ and pleaded with Mr Meehan to oblige
Although the footage only shows the ceiling, the man at the door can be heard asking Mr Meehan if he can come in, before enquiring about his sexuality.
After stepping into his room, the man who Mr Meehan said was a staff member asked him, ‘Are you straight?’
Mr Meehan said he was but the staff member persisted.
‘Are you sure?’ he asked. Again Mr Meehan said he was straight.
The member of staff then told him, ‘I just wanted to have some fun,’ but Mr Meehan protested, saying, ‘No, I’m straight’.
When the worker suggested they only do it ‘once’, the cruise-goer told him, ‘No, honestly, I’m straight’.
The worker asked ‘please?’ but Mr Meehan said ‘No, no, no’.
Finally the staff member stopped propositioning him but said, ‘please don’t complain about this’.
Mr Meehan said he was afraid what would have happened if he was a more vulnerable person.
He said: ‘I was bigger than him and felt okay handling the situation but I worried about it happening to someone more vulnerable.
Mr Meehan said he was given a ‘received thousands of pounds’ after a ‘male worker’ on P&O Britannia (pictured) returned to his room after delivering a pizza and repeatedly asked him if he was ‘sure’ he wasn’t gay
‘He could escalate and something much worse could happen. You get contact in my job and I’m used to that but this affected me.
‘From the end of Covid restrictions last June to now, I’ve worked seventy to eighty hour weeks – I just needed a break.
‘They are expensive holidays and you just don’t expect that.’
The nightclub manager said a company spokesman apologised after he complained and he was told that the waiter was kept in his cabin after the incident.
Mr Meehan said the member of staff then left the ship a day later when she docked.
A spokesperson for Carnival UK said: ‘We take any allegation of improper behaviour extremely seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation.’
Source: Daily Mail