UPDATE: QM2 Underway After Delay; Ports Canceled

January 20, 2006
Cunard's Queen Mary 2, which was delayed in Ft. Lauderdale since Tuesday due to mechanical problems with one of four propulsion pods, is finally underway. The ship left Port Everglades yesterday at 6 a.m. following technical work to decommission the problem pod.

Because of the holdup in Ft. Lauderdale, Cunard has altered Queen Mary 2's sailing schedule (the ship had barely just begun its 38-night South American voyage); calls at St. Kitts, Barbados and Salvador have been canceled, and the ship is instead proceeding to Rio de Janeiro. The ship is expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro at approximately midnight on January 26.

Passengers will receive a 50 percent refund for the initial segment from New York (or Ft. Lauderdale) to Rio; guests continuing through the second segment ending in Valparaiso on February 8, or the last segment ending in Los Angeles on February 22, will be provided a six-day pro-rated refund, according to a statement released by the line.

Though Queen Mary 2 can operate on three pods safely, speed is affected; after Rio de Janeiro, Cunard will continue to review the itinerary and make additional changes as necessary. We'll keep you posted.