Passengers counting down the days to their 2009 world cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Arcadia had to wait just a little bit longer.
The 83,781-ton, 1,950-passenger ship was scheduled to set off on the 101-night Grand Voyage from Southampton yesterday, but its departure was delayed for repairs. According to an official statement for the cruise line, "essential repairs to Arcadia's emergency electrical back-up system" were responsible for the holdup. Arcadia, now mended, set sail from Southampton today at 4 p.m. GMT.
Southampton's The Daily Echo reports that 1,860 booked passengers stayed onboard overnight, with all facilities operating as usual, and that P&O provided transportation into the city of Southampton for interested passengers.
As a result of the one-day delay, P&O has slightly amended the itinerary -- a scheduled half-day call at Oman's Salalah has been cancelled. In light of this, passengers will be given £75 onboard credit per person as a gesture of goodwill. All shore excursions booked through P&O will be refunded as well.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Repairs Delay P&O Cruises' World Cruise on Arcadia
January 7, 2009