Now the First European/Festival is canceling upcoming voyages. European Stars' January 26 departure from Genoa is off. European Vision's slated January 25 cruise from Santo Domingo will not occur. Mistral is not impacted at this point because it was scheduled to spend the next two weeks in drydock.
First European/Festival maintains it is optimistic and has issued a statement: "Festival is a viable, ongoing business and is optimistic that an agreement can be reached to the satisfaction of all parties very shortly. Unfortunately a solution to resolve the current problems involving these three vessels was not finalized by Wednesday as earlier had been hoped, and therefore Festival acknowledges the possibility that immediately forthcoming cruise departures for the same ships may be affected.
"The company sincerely regrets any disruption to its passengers' holiday schedules that may occur and is making every effort to prevent disappointment to its customers. Further announcements relative to these ships will be made shortly."
As always, we'll keep you posted.