June 24, 2013
In addition to the two cruises the line had already cancelled, the July 14 sailing from Svalbard's Longyearbyen and the Aug. 1 cruise from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, were also scrapped. Passengers booked on the cancelled cruises will get a full refund and 10 percent off another sailing during the 2013-2014 season.
(11:07 a.m. EDT, June 13) -- A fire onboard Hapag-Lloyd's expedition ship MS Hanseatic while it was in dry dock has forced the cancellation of two upcoming cruises. The ship, located at the Bredo shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany was in dry dock for its triennial upgrades.
According to the cruise line, the fire occurred in the engine room, while welding work was being done on one of the ship's ballast tanks. "The additional and necessary repairs to eliminate the damage cannot be completed within the scheduled time at the shipyard," the line said.
In order for all repairs to be made the line has canceled the June 17 and July 4 sailings, from Bremerhaven and Tromso respectively. Passengers booked on these cruises will receive a full refund and a 10 percent discount on their next cruise if sailed this year or next.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor