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Woman, 79, dies on cruise ship off Qld coast

A 79-YEAR-OLD woman has died on a cruise ship off the Queensland coast sparking concerns from her family she was suffering from a possible gastro outbreak.

Vanessa D'Souza says her mother, Margaret Carlson, began showing signs of gastro after boarding the P&O Pacific Jewel Cruise ship in Sydney last Tuesday, the daughter told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mrs Carlson, from Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, was found dead in her room when the cruise ship docked at Yorkeys Knob in Cairns on Saturday afternoon.

She had gone on the 10-day cruise with her other daughter and teenage grandson, who also claim to have fallen ill.

Her daughter said she had seen medical staff but was told she had probably brought a bug onto the ship with her.

Ms D'Souza also claimed other cruise passengers had been locked out of their rooms on Monday without explanation.

A P&O spokesperson denied there was a gastro outbreak.

"An elderly passenger sadly passed away on Saturday on Pacific Jewel and our thoughts are with her family," the spokesperson said.

"There is no reported gastro outbreak onboard the ship."

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