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Arcadia has suffered another delay in its passage to Funchal, but this time the cause isn’t technical. The ship had to divert to Vigo for a passenger medical emergency. I have no information about the nature of the emergency but of course I hope that the passenger involved recovers. I gather that this wasn’t the […]

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Arcadia under way

It looks as if Arcadia is under way this morning (7:30am), so whatever the problems were that delayed her departure they have been resolved. That’s good news for the ship, for P&O, and (most of all) for all the passengers on her 2019 World Cruise. Arcadia’s next port of call will be Funchal, where she […]

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Arcadia’s turn to have problems!

I wrote earlier today that Arcadia was due to leave Southampton at 6pm to start her 99-night world cruise. At that time I was paying most attention to Oriana, back in Southampton after an unexplained breakdown and power loss on 2 January and a subsequent unscheduled call at Lisbon. In the event Oriana got away […]

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I’ve heard from a passenger who was on Oriana. He’s described the events as they appeared to him, and has given me permission to quote him. Here’s what he said: “Just after 8am on the 2nd Jan all power was lost – no engines, no electricity other than emergency lighting, no water on tap and […]

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Update: Oriana actually left at 7pm so it looks as if all is well. As I write this (7:55 pm) she’s in the Solent between Cowes and Ryde and heading towards the Nab Tower. According to the Port of Southampton’s Cruise Ship Schedule page, Oriana actually berthed at the QE2 terminal (berths 38/9) at just […]

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Update: Oriana rounded the Nab Tower at 9:30 this evening (5 Jan). She should be berthed by about 10:30. According to Marine Traffic, Oriana’s ETA into Southampton is now 9:45 this evening (5 Jan) instead of the early hours of tomorrow morning. Presumably the passengers will remain on board for the night and disembark as […]

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Oriana is on her way back to Southampton from Lisbon. A few days ago she lost power and drifted in the Atlantic for some hours on her way from the Canary Islands to mainland Spain. When power was restored she made for Lisbon where presumably inspections were made and possibly further repairs carried out. I […]

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Another one I missed, I’m afraid. You’ll remember that the captain of Azura was interviewed by French prosecutors regarding a case of burning fuel in French waters – specifically, when berthed at Marseilles – that had a greater concentration of sulphur than allowed. The case came to court early in the summer, was deferred until […]

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I did some posts in the summer about a criminal prosecution that the captain of Azura faced. The essence of the issue was that on 29 March Azura was found to contain fuel with a level of sulphur content (1.68%) that was higher than permitted level of sulphur content (1.5%). A further hearing has been […]

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Valletta from Oceana’s mooring, departure morning I did an earlier post on my initial thoughts about Oceana during the cruise, but as promised this is a summing-up of my opinions. Essentially, it’s a continuation of what I said in the earlier post – we liked the ship, or at least we found the bits of […]

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