Couple fakes cruise after anniversary holiday cancelled by coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic shuts down travel around the world, one couple weren’t prepared for it to ruin their holiday plans.

Norma and Dave Trill, both 74, were booked onto a 10-day cruise to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary.

The pair from Melbourne were left disappointed when the trip was cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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But a video of them shared online shows them celebrating in style, dressed in robes and sunglasses with their feet up and looking out across the “ocean” – courtesy of YouTube.

The couple clink glasses, looking relaxed and happy, in the clip shared on Facebook by their daughter Jane.

“Cruise cancelled? No problem,” she captioned the video.

Jane set up the “fake” cruise for her parents to make them smile.

“They cancelled their trip due to the coronavirus and we thought we would cheer them up by simulating the trip using a YouTube video of the ocean and they dressed in their usual cruising attire,” she told Storyful. 

“We laughed for ages over it and it really lifted our spirits. [We were] rolling on the floor laughing.”

The video has received hundreds of thousands of views, with many viewers judging it a great idea.

“I love this! We need to do this too, as our family Disney Cruise was cancelled as well!” said one commenter, while another wrote: “Love it, looks very relaxing”.

It comes after several leading cruise lines announced they would be temporarily suspending all sailings.

Viking, Princess Cruises and Saga are among the companies that have cancelled all trips for the next month or so.

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