Stedman v Swan’s Tours: CA 1951

The plaintiffs sought damages for their disappointing holiday in Jersey. Instead of enjoying the superior rooms with a sea view in a first class hotel expected, the holiday party found that the rooms reserved for them were very inferior and had no sea view. They were unable to obtain accommodation elsewhere, and in the result the whole holiday was completely spoilt.
Held: The damages awarded were increased from 13 pounds 15 shillings to 150 pounds.
Singleton LJ said that: ‘Damages could be recovered for appreciable inconvenience and discomfort caused by a breach of contract. It might be difficult to assess the amount to be awarded, but it was no more difficult than to assess the amount to be given for pain and suffering in a case of personal injury.’
Orse, Stedman v Swans Tours; Stedman v Swan Tours
Singleton LJ
(1951) 95 SJ 727
England and Wales
Cited by:
CitedJarvis v Swans Tours Ltd CA 16-Oct-1972
The plaintiff had booked a holiday through the defendant travel tour company. He claimed damages after the holiday failed to live up to expectations.
Held: In appropriate cases where one party contracts to provide entertainment and enjoyment, . .
CitedMilner and Another v Carnival Plc (T/A Cunard) CA 20-Apr-2010
Damages for Disastrous Cruise
The claimants had gone on a cruise organised by the defendants. It was described by them as ‘the trip of a lifetime.’ It did not meet their expectations. There had been several complaints, including that the cabin was noisy as the floor flexed with . .

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Updated: 29 August 2021; Ref: scu.182072