Instead of departing Southampton on October 3, for a 16-night Adriatic Discovery voyage, the ship will go into dry dock in Bremerhaven, meaning that some 2,000 passengers are facing the disappointment of having their holidays cancelled.
A statement from the line explained: “Although there are no safety issues relating to this maintenance, it does preclude the ship achieving the speeds required to deliver the voyage itinerary and therefore it is necessary to take the ship out of service for a short period.”
The ship will return to service on Wednesday, October 17, with a new two-night voyage sailing from Southampton before embarking on the scheduled 23-night voyage to the Caribbean, leaving October 19.
Passengers on the affected voyage have been contacted and are being offered an alternative Cunard sailing or a full refund; in both cases an additional 15% future cruise credit is also being offered.
Queen Victoria will continue to sail its scheduled itineraries until the repairs take place, but will sail at slower speeds. This Thursday's 20-night Mediterranean cruise will depart as normal, with the only itinerary change a substitution of Oporto for Vigo.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor