Manhattan Couple Seeks Apology From Cruise Line

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — In a twisted tale at sea, a wealthy couple from Manhattan claims they were thrown off a cruise ship after an anti-Semitic remark led to an obscenity-laced argument. 

It’s known as the grandest, most luxurious ship ever built, but the Queen Mary 2 from England was a nightmare for two seniors from the East Side, Gloria Sher and her husband Frederick Evans.

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“I haven’t slept in two weeks. I just can’t believe it,” Sher said.

The couple was onboard the ship on a 30-day, $20,000 cruise to Quebec, England, and the Mediterranean last month.

They were having a good time until one night, at a dinner with strangers, when they say a man insulted them.

“He looked at me and said, ‘shut up,’” Sher said.

Then, he allegedly discriminated against them.

“He said, ‘Don’t you see I’m talking? There’s too many [expletive] Jews,’” Sher said.

That caused 82-year-old Sher, who is Jewish, to lose her cool.

“I said, ‘You know what, you should go [expletive] yourself,’” she said.

The next day, the couple was called to the commodore’s office. Sher said he accused her of abuse, saying a guest claimed the 95-pound senior hit someone.

“He said, ‘You’re gonna have to leave the ship,’” she said.

“They took their word, without listening to us,” Evans said.

Published reports say the cruise line stands by its actions, claiming Sher was disrespectful and disruptive, and that she gets belligerent when she drinks.

Still, on the ship, the commodore later relented, allowing the couple to stay, but only for a few more days.

“He said, ‘But you are confined to your quarters,’” Sher said.

Eventually, the couple made it back to New York, where the ship stopped before heading off to England and the Mediterranean. The couple never got to finish the 30-day cruise, and so far has received no refund of the $20,000 they paid for it.

“But here is the crux of the whole thing: the man that owns the ship, lives in Miami, is Jewish,” Sher said. It’s an ironic twist in the tale of alleged anti-Semitism and travel interrupted.

Sher said she is not looking to sue the cruise line but wants a public apology.

The cruise line did not return CBS 2’s calls for comment.

  • Revvie

    Are you serious, Rudy? If I said there were too many (expletive removed) Rudys in the world, does that mean you should be ashamed of being a Rudy? Does you being a Rudy have the right to make me uncomfortable?

    Honestly. Point, meet Rudy.

  • Rudy

    If she is jew is she ashamed of acknowledging publiically? Or does she think that jews have the righ to make others uncorfortable. That others are there to serve their idiocyncracies?

  • Janet K

    Not thet I am denying Sher’s story, I just feel we need to hear from the people who insulted her and the captain. Look the people that own the Queen Mary are Jewish and if they thought the captain did someting wrong they would have fired him. Considering Sher gets nuts when she drinks I think that it is only fair we hear both sides of the story, not just one side of it to be fair This couple must contribute alot of money to lib causes to get the media to just post there side of the story.

  • Roy

    I guess morristhewise(not) was a witness to the event…………….unless he is the son of Fred and Gloria…………….

  • vic anthony

    She must have been a nasty drunk, even college kids dont get thrown off cruises for being rowdy….She must have been real nasty,, there not suing,,sure looks like there guilty,,,,money cant buy you everything. who do they think they are? .

  • morristhewise

    In a Cosmopolitan culture sophistication is everything, and all else is meaningless. Fredrick and Gloria never thought of themselves as Jews, they felt that they were citizens of the world where ones ethnicity is invisible. Gloria could not believe what she was hearing when the bigot called her a Jew. Those words tore off her mask and exposed her to a bitter reality that she could never escape from again.

  • tea

    that wasn’t fair for the cruise to have thrown them out without hearing their side of the story. heck, if they got it all on tape, even better, IF they are really the victims here.

  • Roy

    She looks pretty good for 82, and feisty at that…………….

  • Biased Reporting

    They don’t plan to sue? The ship’s got them on video tape or something?

  • kwame

    Luv 2 here the other side of the story.

  • Open minded skeptic

    Luv 2 here the other side of the story.

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