Sad news for cruise fans! Unfortunately, a long-awaited trip will not be able to take place as planned. Because the necessary ship is missing. It is still in the shipyard and will not be able to leave the port anytime soon.

The travelers affected will therefore have to be patient until they can set off on their long-awaited cruise.

Cruise ship cannot sail

The maiden voyage of the “P&O Arvia”, which was actually planned for December 9th, will not take place. This is announced by the shipping company P&O Cruises. The reasons for this are not in the hands of the company, which belongs to Carnival Corporation.

It is not known exactly why the ship cannot sail on the planned date. The responsible Meyer shipyard has not yet commented on this either. There, on the Papenburg pier, the sister of the “P&O Iona” is currently still at anchor.

Cruise is postponed

It was actually supposed to cross the Ems in October, but that no longer seems realistic. So far, the Ems-North Sea Waterways and Shipping Office has always informed about the damming of the river a week before a transfer, as this usually means that other shipping traffic is closed. However, the office would not have done so until now, as reported by “Kreuzfahrt-Aktuelles”.

As a result, the transfer would only be possible in November. Then there are the mandatory test drives on the North Sea. If everything goes smoothly, the ship could only set off on its first voyage with a slight delay.


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Postponed is not cancelled. The steamer is now scheduled to depart two weeks later than planned. On December 23, the “P&O Arvia” is scheduled to set off on its first voyage from Southampton to Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Lisbon. Then it continues with a transatlantic trip through the Caribbean, as reported by “Cruise News”. The steamer will then remain there until March 2023 – if everything goes according to plan.

Source: Derwesten

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