Cruise travelers onboard Budget line easyCruise's easyCruise Life were looking forward to a day of sand and sun in the Aegean Sea. Instead, the 353 passengers onboard ended up temporarily beached.
The line's easyCruise Life ran aground near the Greek island of Syros on Friday afternoon. There were no reported injuries, and the ship was undamaged by the incident.
The interruption will not result in any changes to the originally scheduled itinerary. The ship was in its final stop on a seven-night Athens to Athens cruise with calls at five Greek Islands and the Turkish port of Bodrum. The
ship is set to arrive back in Athens tomorrow morning.
Suspected contact with a sand bank occurred when easyCruise Life was asked to move from its regular berth in Syros. Following the contact, the ship temporarily stopped, before being safely towed the rest of the way to the dock. Passengers were able to debark as scheduled for a day of sightseeing.
The 12,700-ton, 600-passenger ship is the newest addition to easyCruise, a line known for its no-frills floating hostel vibe. easyCruise Life is just a month into its maiden season. Onboard easyCruise Life, passengers will find a bar, restaurant, spa, sauna,
pool, "chill out" zone and outdoor wellness zone. Accommodations range from
standard cabins to larger panoramic suites and quad cabins.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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easyCruise Life Runs Aground
June 13, 2008