Update: We have also had word from a passenger onboard P&O's Arcadia that the ship had experienced bad weather -- Gale Force 11 winds -- when it was leaving Rome. Subsequently passengers were told that a call in Gibraltar had been omitted.
P&O Cruises has also now confirmed that due to bad weather, Arcadia will now be arriving more than 12 hours late into Southampton at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, instead of the scheduled time of 6:30 a.m.
The ship is scheduled to go in for a refit in Bremerhaven following the cruise, so no onward itineraries are impacted. A P&O spokesperson has confirmed that they will help make arrangements for any passengers who have to make changes to either ground or air travel due to the delays.
(24 November, 2008)
Bad weather in the Mediterranean this weekend disrupted cruise itineraries -- and left one cruise ship with a dent in its bow.
Costa Cruises' Costa Concordia hit a quay on Saturday morning as it manoeuvred into dock in the Italian port of Palermo, due to gale force winds that howled through areas of the Western Mediterranean throughout the weekend.
Although the bow of the ship sustained damage, there were no injuries and passengers were able to disembark for planned excursions. Fortunately, the ship's bow was patched up and it was able to continue on its seven-night Mediterranean cruise on Saturday evening with no further impact to the itinerary.
Several other ships were impacted by the rough weather, including:
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas. The ship, which was on a 12-night cruise from Barcelona, was unable to call in Malta on Sunday due to the extreme weather. Guests instead had another day at sea.
Princess Cruises' Grand Princess. Grand Princess was en route to its turnaround port of Rome Friday evening after a 12-day Egypt and Aegean cruise when it hit the severe weather. During that time, there was a brief loss of power which resulted in the ship arriving back into port late on Saturday (around lunchtime). Fortunately, no one missed return flights due to the delay, and the ship was able to depart on its next 21-day transatlantic cruise as planned.
None of the cruise lines offered compensation to passengers since the delays were weather-related.
The good news is that the bad weather appears to have subsided -- Palermo is currently seeing temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius with winds of 9 miles per hour. We don't anticipate any further changes due to weather, but we'll keep you posted.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Update: Bad Weather Disrupts Mediterranean Sailings
November 25, 2008