More bad news on the budget cruise front: Cape Canaveral Cruise Line, a one-ship line that operated two- and four-day sailings to the Bahamas and Key West from Port Canaveral, has temporarily ceased operations. According to cruise line president Bruce Burner, the Dolphin IV was in scheduled wet dock from Labor Day to October 6 when it was determined that necessary maintenance and repairs would require an additional $3.5 million investment. Cape Canaveral was unable to secure the lending it would need to make those repairs and voluntarily returned the circa 1956 ship to its mortgage banker.
In the meantime, Burner says the company remains open. Passengers on affected sailings are being offered a choice of a full refund or a re-booking on another cruise line; Burner says those re-bookings are occurring on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships.
The five-year old company is in the market for a new ship, Burner says, and hopes to be offering cruises; “early next year is my best guess.”