U.K. Snow Impacts Cruise Travel

February 5, 2009

Cruise travellers are feeling the impact of snowy weather that continues to plague the U.K.

While most cruise lines have reported no problems (many ships were already mid-cruise when the wintery weather hit, and still others sailed with all passengers accounted for), 12 Fred. Olsen passengers were not so lucky:

"We've had two passengers, who have decided not to try to get to the airport because of weather and another 10 who have been held up, due to a major incident on the A14 [highway]," a spokesperson for the cruise line tells us. "We have advised all of them to contact their travel insurance companies and are now in the process of making alternative arrangements for them to join their ship in the Caribbean."

Earlier in the week, Southern England was the worst-hit, causing air, road and rail disruptions, and Heathrow's two runways were even forced to close. Now, additional snow -- which fell Wednesday night -- has left Northern England and Scotland struggling to cope. There have been delays on motorways and at regional airports; Robin Hood International, Aberdeen, East Midlands and Luton airports all faced closures or flight delays Thursday.

Cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, have advised passengers on upcoming sailings to keep in close contact with their airlines.

We'll keep you posted as the situation warrants.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor, and Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor

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