Cunard Cancels 16 Night Cruise Citing Maintenance Issues

Through close sources, Mikey’s Cruise Blog has recently learned that the upcoming 16 night Adriatic Queen Victoria cruise has been cancelled. Our source has obtained the following statement from Cunard Line regarding the cancellation.

Queen Victoria – Adriatic Discovery
Voyage V224 – Departing 3 October 2012

I am very sorry to have to advise you that we have unfortunately had to cancel this voyage. This is an incredibly rare occurrence and I am very sorry that we have had to cancel at such short notice.

It has become apparent that we need to undertake some essential maintenance work on one of Queen Victoria’s propulsion units. Although there are no safety issues relating to this maintenance, it does preclude us from achieving the speeds required to deliver our voyage itineraries and therefore it will be necessary to take the ship out of service for a short period.

Recognising how much you will have been looking forward to sailing with us, we have listed overleaf some voyages where we still have availability. We are able to transfer some or all of your voyage fare to a new booking, and in addition, will provide you an additional credit of 15% of the fare paid for voyage V224 in recognition of this late change to your travel plans. Alternatively, you may wish to receive a full refund of the cost of your fare, and we will set up a credit of 15% of the fare paid for you to enjoy at a later date. We calculate the value of your credit to be £«FCC_Amount» per person.

Please contact your travel agent by 19 September 2012 to confirm that you have received this message and wish to either transfer monies paid to a new booking, utilising the future voyage credit we have offered, or to be refunded your fare in full via your agent. We will consider the refund of reasonable expenses that you have incurred as a result of this cancellation.

Once again please accept my apology for having to make such a late cancellation to your voyage as well as the disruption and upset this no doubt will have caused. Please also be assured that we have not taken the decision to cancel lightly, but it is very important that we undertake this essential maintenance at the earliest opportunity.

I very much hope that you may choose to travel with us on Queen Victoria or another Cunard ship in the future.

Yours sincerely

Nick Burrows
Head of Customer Services 

I think we can file this one under “strange cruise news.” Although I’ve never heard of a 16 night cruise being cancelled, I have to give credit to Cunard for making a wise decision. I would rather be safe then sorry. I wonder if the next cruise will be affected in some way, stay tuned to Mikey’s Cruise Blog for the latest on the Queen Victoria.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.