Pacific Jewel Cruise Cancelled Due to Propulsion Problems

October 18, 2010

(7 a.m. EDT) -- Just a few days after Celebrity cancelled part of Celebrity Century's cruise due to a faulty rudder, another cruise line has cancelled a forthcoming cruise due to propulsion problems.

P&O Cruises Australia has confirmed that it has had to cancel Pacific Jewel's 11-night Pacific islands cruise -- which had been due to depart from Sydney tomorrow.

The line has been updating disappointed passengers on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

In a statement the line said: "Pacific Jewel is currently returning to Sydney at reduced speed due to a fault in a section of her propulsion system. Engineers have been able to examine the problem more closely and believe repairs will take longer than expected."

Passengers are being offered a full refund, a credit on a future booking and out-of-pocket travel expenses.

Those who are currently onboard Pacific Jewel -- which will now arrive back in Sydney on Wednesday -- are also being offered a cruise credit due to the disruption to their travel plans.

Cruise Critic member Sharri34 said: "Not going to complain about an extra $50 per person + an extra day on the cruise + an extra day away from work."

Pacific Jewel's next cruise is due to depart Sydney on 30 October -- it is a six-night cruise to Melbourne to coincide with the Melbourne Cup racing.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor