Voyages to Antiquity cancel cruises to repair ship engine

Voyages to Antiquity has cancelled cruises on its Aegean Odyssey ship from May through August to repair the ship’s starboard engine.

In all, 10 cruises were cancelled, starting with the Black Sea & Greek Islands itinerary departing May 2.

The company said that following repairs, the Aegean Odyssey will resume cruises starting with the scheduled Sept. 7 Rome-Venice itinerary.

Voyages to Antiquity said guests affected by these cancellations are being contacted and will be provided with a full refund. “We are working closely with our trade partners and doing everything possible to minimize disruption,” a statement said.

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Norwegian Jade cruise interrupted by a mechanical problem

 Norwegian Jade by Dave Jones

Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled a 10-day Norwegian Jade cruise that departed Miami on Nov. 16 because of a mechanical issue.

The ship is in San Juan, where it will disembark passengers on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

It had been scheduled to depart San Juan on Sunday night for St. Thomas on a cruise that was to include St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.

After disembarking passengers, the Jade will sail back to Miami for repairs.

A Norwegian spokeswoman said the line is working to fly guests back to Miami and to points beyond, helping to modify travel arrangements to their final destinations.

Norwegian said guests will get a full refund of the fare for the abbreviated cruise and a 100% credit toward a future cruise.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this unexpected situation has caused,” a statement said.

Boudicca Headed for Technical Drydock at Lloyd Werft

Boudicca Headed for Technical Drydock at Lloyd Werft

ON 29 OCTOBER 2013.

On November 5, Boudicca will become the fourth Fred. Olsen ship to drydock at Lloyd Werft.

The British line has scheduled a quick six-day drydock in the German yard for the 28,000-ton ship for various technical work.

According to Managing Director of Lloyd Werft Rüdiger Pallentin successful drydocks of other Fred. Olsen vessels led to the ship owner’s decision to use Lloyd Werft again.

In 1982, when she was still called the Royal Viking Sky, she was lengthened by 28 meters at Lloyd Werft in co-operation with Seebeck Werft.

Since then, the 40 year old classic ship has changed names ten times before joining Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in 2005.

Extensive work is set to be carried out on all the ship’s seacocks along with below-surface hull coating, modification of and repairs to the piping system and stabiliser repairs.

The main item for the drydock, however, is the replacement of the ship’s bow thruster plant
and extensive repairs to the ship’s rudder.

“We will only be in a position to determine how extensive and complex that work is when the ship has been drydocked,” said Carl Ratjen, project manager.