easyCruise Life Maiden Voyage Cancelled!

April 16, 2008
easyCruise has cancelled the maiden voyage of its new ship easyCruise Life -- citing labour strikes in Greece as the reason. The former ferry is currently undergoing a refit there before officially joining the easyCruise fleet.

Passengers who were due to sail this Saturday, April 19, on the ship's inaugural (and sold-out) seven- night Greek Islands cruise from Athens are being contacted with the bad news. They are being offered refunds on their cruise and expenses, as well as a free future cruise.

A spokesperson for the laid-back line said labour strikes in Greece have meant that finishing touches to the 12,700-ton, 644-passenger ship will not be completed in time for the launch.

easyCruise Life was built in 1981 as a ferry and sailed under the names Natasha, Palmira, Jasmin and Farah before being bought by easyGroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

The original ship in the fleet, easyCruiseOne, was put up for sale earlier this year but as yet it has not been sold. Last year, easyCruise had to cancel a series of river cruises on its vessel easyCruiseTwo after Boonstra River Line, the company from which it leased the ship, suffered financial problems.

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--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor