You may remember that easyCruise earlier this month cancelled the maiden voyage of its new ship, easyCruise Life, blaming labour strikes in Greece for the delay. Well, the relaxed line now says the ship will finally begin sailing on May 17 from Piraeus, the port for Athens.
The ship, a former ferry, is undergoing a shipyard refit there and because of the strikes was not completed in time for the initial launch date of April 19. Hundreds of disappointed passengers were unable to sail on the 12,700-ton, 644-passenger ship, and were instead offered refunds and a free future cruise.
A statement on the company's Web site said: "Due to major industrial action over the last few months affecting shipyard workers in Greece relating to the government's reform of the pension plan, the works have been delayed and the decision was finally made now to set the first sailing on the 17th of May, 2008. easyCruise.com has apologized to all its customers and has offered generous compensation and alternatives."
It does appear that the ship is almost complete -- check out this photo gallery of onboard shots. Also, the vessel played host to the great and good of Athens for a charity event just last week.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor
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easyCruise Life Will (Finally) Sail in May
April 28, 2008