P&O Cruises’ ship Britannia suffered a crash on Sunday, after a storm caused it to break free of its moorings at Palma de Mallorca and collide with a freight ship.
While the ship hasn’t suffered any significant structural damage, the problems caused by the crash have meant that some guests were disembarked at the port, due to be flown home.
Some of the ship’s lifesaving equipment, and one of the lifeboats, were damaged and were unable to be repaired on the ship. As a result, 321 of the guests on the ship have been asked to leave – the ship is almost at full capacity on the cruise, and so the loss of a lifeboat becomes a risk.
It’s unclear yet on which guests were asked to leave, and if there was an opportunity for some guests to volunteer. It has been reported that it is not just guests from the affected muster station that were asked to leave.
However, the ongoing issues with Air Traffic Control have caused problems for flying guests back to the UK, and those who were disembarked are (at the time of writing) still being kept in hotels.
One couple has spoken to the BBC to complain about the quality of the hotel, and stated that they would’ve refused to leave the ship had they known the quality of the resort would be lacking.
The cruise line is reportedly offering disembarked guests a full refund of the days they have lost in their cruise, along with a 20% discount on their next P&O cruise provided they book before 30th December.
P&O has stated that future sailings on Britannia won’t be affected and the lifeboat will be repaired for the next cruise.
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