(10 a.m. EDT) -- P&O Cruises' 30,000-ton, 710-passenger Adonia arrived in the Cornish port of Falmouth yesterday for a four-day rush job of 'emergency repairs' before the ship departs Southampton on January 13 for an 87-day South America voyage.
A ten-day Mediterranean cruise had to be cancelled to make way for this unscheduled spell in the yard, with affected passengers being offered compensation and refunds.
P&O Cruises has been cagey about what Adonia's repairs actually are, although this has not stopped ship enthusiasts speculating. Cruise Critic members report divers inspecting the ship's hull last time it was in Southampton. Web site Ship Tracking claims it's emergency work on the ship's prop-shaft seals, while Manoverboard, a member of P&O Cruises' own forum, claims to have been told: "The issue relates to an oil leakage and this has to be rectified because failure to do so will mean that Adonia will not be allowed entry into USA waters during her 2012 World Cruise."
What we do know is that the shipyard, A&P Falmouth, is pulling out all the stops to complete the work, a spokesman telling the BBC that it would be a '24 hour-a-day job', with other projects being moved to accommodate Adonia. A&P's website claims that the Falmouth facility is the 'largest ship repair complex in the U.K.' A spokeswoman for P&O Cruises told Cruise Critic that "Falmouth was chosen as it was convenient, not far away and they are capable of doing the work."
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor