As reported on Cruise Critic yesterday, the 90,000-ton, 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria made an impression on its maiden call to Malta -- by hitting the quay as it arrived at the port.
After overnight work, Queen Victoria's stern has now been patched up and the ship is on its way to Gibraltar ... but is the big boss onboard? Since yesterday, a number of rumours have emerged, including one that Carnival Corporation's chairman and chief executive, Micky Arison, was onboard Queen Victoria when the incident occurred.
Arison's presence was reported by Cruise Critic members and a local Maltese news site, Malta Star. Cunard spokespersons weren't able to confirm whether Arison was on Queen Victoria, but did say that he regularly travels on ships under the company's umbrella -- so it could be possible.
Another rumour is that although the ship has been temporarily repaired, it will need to be taken out of service to be fixed. The ship is due in Southampton next week for U.K. travel agents to tour as part of the U.K. Cruise convention, and some reports suggested repairs could disrupt these plans.
However, Cunard tells us there are no changes to the ship's schedule at this time other than what's already been announced (Queen Victoria will skip a call at Tunisia's La Goulette as it pushes forward to Gibraltar).
We'll keep you posted if we hear more.
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor
Queen Victoria Makes a Crashing Entrance in Malta
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Rumours Surface as Queen Victoria Gets Underway
May 15, 2008