Cruise doc had no fun on tempestuous seas

I once did a two-week trip on the Fairstar cruise ship. It was dubbed the ‘Fun Ship’ but the only thing approximating fun for me was when I finally disembarked after 14 days of rain, boarding school food and sea sickness. Oh, and there was one vaguely pleasant game of badminton.

Somehow I had become seduced by the romanticism of an ocean voyage and had signed up for a two-week stint as the ship’s doctor. I had pictured a QE2-esque experience – drinking gin and tonic at sunset before a game of backgammon in the smoking room, ordering bubbly from my