The scheduled dry-dock was extended because damage to electrical connections in the vessel's diesel electric motors was discovered during a routine inspection; at the time, the company determined an extra 11 nights were required to have parts shipped in from Europe and to carry out the repairs. So, as we previously reported, RSSC canceled Voyager's November 30 and December 4 voyages.
Problem is, the spare parts didn't arrive on schedule -- forcing the cancellation of the December 11 voyage too (the ship was supposed to depart from Ft. Lauderdale, visiting Key West, Cozumel, Belize City and Costa Maya).
As with the previous cancellations, RSSC is contacting affected guests to offer them a 100 percent refund of the cruise fare paid. Guests can also take advantage of one of two rebooking incentives -- accept a future cruise credit of $700 valid through December 31, 2008 on any voyage of seven nights or longer, or sail one of three upcoming sailings at the going rate (minus a discount of $700). The three applicable voyages, subject to availability, are:
Seven Seas Voyager's December 18, 2006 cruise; the 11-night holiday voyage sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale with calls at St. Barth's, St. Maarten, Roseau, Barbados, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay.
Seven Seas Voyager's December 29, 2006 cruise; the 11-night holiday voyage cruise sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, visiting Progreso, Roatan, Santo Tomas, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Great Stirrup Cay.
Seven Seas Navigator's December 11, 2006 cruise; the seven-night theme cruise (chocolate -- yummy) sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, visiting Princess Cays, San Juan, St. Thomas and Nassau.
Member Ragnar Dannesskjold, who was supposed to set sail on December 4, is making lemons out of lemonade: "We're very pleased with what Regent provided in terms of a replacement cruise ... the new cruise is going to be a blast, it's longer and has a much better itinerary than the canceled one."
For information on the earlier cancellations, click here.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor