Cruise industry suffers another cancellation

The cruise industry has suffered yet another cancelled tour due to technical difficulties.

Following problems reported earlier this week with a fire aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas that has resulted in that vessel being out of action for six weeks of the season, Voyages of Discovery, a cruise line based in West Sussex, UK, has announced the cancellation of a cruise scheduled to begin this Sunday due to a power failure. The cancelled cruise is a 10-day Heritage of the British Isles tour that was due to depart from Portsmouth.

The ship was partway through a 9-day cruise when it suffered generator problems on Tuesday this week. It was subsequently laid up in Killybegs, County Donegal, Northern Ireland, while attempts were made to repair two failed generators that had left only two generators operational. The vessel was carrying 487 passengers at the time, and travel arrangements are in hand to return them to Portsmouth from Killybegs.

Passengers that were expecting to board the June 2 cruise are being contacted to advise them of the cancellation, and will be offered either a full refund or a credit towards a future cruise on the same ship, worth up to 140 percent of their original cruise price.

In a statement the company said, ‘Specialist engineers are working hard to repair the affected generators. MV Voyager will remain in Killybegs while these repairs continue. Voyages of Discovery has apologised to all passengers for these unusual and unforeseen circumstances which have arisen as a result of events beyond their control.’