Ventura Skips French Call Due to Industrial Action

May 29, 2008
P&O Cruises' Ventura was forced to cancel a scheduled call in La Rochelle, France, this week due to industrial action within the port -- fisherman protesting against the rise in fuel costs.

The 116,000-ton, 3,092-passenger ship -- which was only launched in April -- was due to call in the port on Tuesday. Ventura actually berthed in La Rochelle on time, but wasn't allowed to disembark passengers for tours and sightseeing because of ongoing protests.

The vessel instead set off, heading to the next port of call on its seven-night "Iberian Interlude" itinerary: Brest, also in France. Further industrial action by French workers delayed entry to that port; guests were eventually able to disembark and visit the port, but were too late to participate in ship-sponsored shore excursions.

P&O has said it will refund passengers on the cost of shore excursions booked in both La Rochelle and Brest, due to the cancellation and delay respectively.

We will keep you posted should we hear of any other disruptions.

--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor