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Bad news for QV passengers: Cunard have cancelled one of her cruises, due to start on 3 October. Thanks to a problem with a propeller that is affecting her speed she has to go to dry dock in Bremerhaven; hence the cancelled cruise. Passengers on this cruise (which was a 16-night cruise to the Adriatic) are being offered either a full refund or an alternative sailing, and a 15% credit towards a future booking.

I’m sure Cunard have no alternative but to do this – QV will have to limp along as best she can until then – but it must be extremely disappointing for the passengers. Given that it’s an Adriatic cruise that probably means it’s a cruise to Venice, and I know that if we’d suffered a cancellation of our cruise to Venice last year on Ventura we’d have been gutted. We would have been so disappointed, and I’m sure it would have taken a long time before we got over it.

I also wonder if this is another case where the big problem with podded propulsion (which is what QV has) is revealed? With pods, the propulsion motor itself is below the water; the pod is mounted on the exterior of the hull. All that’s transferred to the pod is electric power to drive the motor, plus control signals. If there’s a problem with the motor then the ship has to go into drydock so that the pod can be exposed and worked on. As in this case, simply getting to and from the drydock will take some days, let alone time to empty the dock (a day), do the work (probably not that long), and then refill the dock (another day). In the case of traditional propulsion systems the motor is inside the hull and the propeller shaft extends from the motor, through the hull and out into the water. Since the motor itself is inside the hull, it can be worked on without requiring dry-docking. But that’s all speculation – I don’t know the details of the problem. Some sources I’ve seen say ‘propeller’ but others say ‘propulsion unit’, and the latter would fit with it being related to the pod. I can’t find anything on the Cunard website about it at the moment.

QV will return to service on 17 October for a new 2-night cruise, and will then depart for its next scheduled cruise on 19 October.

One Response to “Cunard cancel Queen Victoria cruise in October”

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