Update: Norway Strikes End, P&O Reinstates Itineraries But Fred. Olsen Does Not

June 3, 2012

(5:15 p.m. EDT) -- The strike by Norwegian pilots ended Friday night, according to Norwegian Coast Guard Web site Kystverket. The strikes had closed the Oslo Fjord Port, impacted additional ports such as Tromsø and Alesund, and caused several cruise lines to cancel calls and revise itineraries.

P&O Cruises, which had revised the itineraries of Adonia's and Azura's upcoming sailings, has now reinstated the original schedules. On Saturday, the line's Facebook page stated that booked passengers who had canceled due to the itinerary change could contact the line's reservations agents or show up at the Southampton cruise terminal to reinstate their bookings. Azura, which departed from Southampton Saturday for a weeklong fjords cruise, delayed its departure until 8 p.m., with check-in closing at 7 p.m., to allow passengers wishing to get back on the sailing to get to the terminal. Adonia turns around in Southampton on Sunday.

Brilliance of the Seas, which departed Amsterdam Saturday, will sail its original schedule, says Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. Vision of the Seas turned around in Gothenburg on the same day, instead of Oslo as was originally planned.

As for Fred. Olsen, company spokeswoman Rachael Jackson says, "We have decided to stick to our original rescheduled itinerary, as all the preparations have been made and port slots, shore excursions, etc. have been booked." Instead of the intended Norwegian fjords voyage, the ship will sail to Kiel Canal, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor