Cruise Ship to Stay Out of Service After Injury Discovered Throughout Dry Dock

Throughout dry dock in Bremerhaven, Germany, important points have been uncovered that can prohibit Atmosphere, the previous Regal Princess, now crusing for Ambassador Cruise Line, from returning to service quickly. 

The announcement comes forward of a busy season of sailings, with 1000’s of company booked onboard the vessel. With that in thoughts, Ambassador Cruise Line has taken the controversial determination to swap itineraries between Atmosphere and its different cruise ship, Ambition

Main Upkeep Wanted for Ambassador Cruise Ship Atmosphere

Ambassador Cruise Line knowledgeable company and journey brokers on December 7, 2023, that Atmosphere will likely be out of service by way of early January. Atmosphere requires prolonged upkeep resulting from sudden injury discovered on the vessel’s prop shafts throughout dry dock in Bremerhaven, Northern Germany.

The upkeep work, which entails repairing propeller shafts and stern bearings broken by steel grinding, is essential to stop potential environmental dangers. Each propeller shafts and the bearings will likely be transported by sea to Denmark the place they are going to be repaired by a specialist firm.

Christian Verhounig, Chief Government Officer for Ambassador Cruise Line: “The 2 propeller shafts (every 20m lengthy weighing over 30 tonnes every), along with their bearings have been transported by sea to a specialist steel restore store in Denmark.”

Atmosphere Propeller Shaft Injury

Atmosphere had been in dry dock for recurrently scheduled upkeep, nevertheless, this will likely be taking for much longer than initially anticipated. 

“Regrettably, we had been knowledgeable yesterday that the extra upkeep works won’t be concluded in time to function our itineraries onboard Atmosphere as scheduled, with the ship solely capable of return to the UK in early January forward of Atmosphere’s Grand Spherical The World Cruise.”

The unplanned upkeep has far-reaching penalties for the cruise strains, which is pressured to cancel a number of cruises scheduled to set sail onboard Atmosphere, and in addition impacts cruises booked onboard the cruise line’s second cruise ship, Ambition.

Ambience Propeller Shaft Damage
Atmosphere Propeller Shaft Injury

Vital Affect on Scheduled Cruises

The prolonged upkeep on the Atmosphere has necessitated the cancellation and alteration of a number of cruises deliberate for December. The cruise line said that Ambition will exchange the Atmosphere for these voyages, affecting 6,600 company booked onboard Atmosphere, and an additional 800 company booked onboard Ambition.

Verhounig mentioned: “We have now taken the troublesome determination to modify Ambition and Atmosphere’s itineraries over the subsequent month. With over 6,600 company resulting from be on board Atmosphere in December and 800 booked on Ambition, it made operational sense to cancel the one crusing over this era on Ambition than all Atmosphere’s deliberate itineraries, which limits the impression on most company with ahead bookings.”

Ambition is the previous AIDAmira, which was offered to Ambassador Cruise Line in 2022. The 48,200 gross tons cruise ship first sailed as Mistral for Competition Cruises in 1999, then as Grand Mistral with Ibero Cruises, and as Costa neoRiviera with Costa Cruises.

Ambassador's Ambition Cruise Ship
Ambassador’s Ambition Cruise Ship (Picture Credit score: The Bristol Port Firm)

December cruises which were impacted embody the December 10 crusing, a German Christmas Markets cruise that can now sail on Ambition. This cruise will likely be lowered from 5 nights to 4 and Hamburg is being changed by Antwerp.

The December 17 cruise, a Festive Market Getaway crusing on December 17 onboard Atmosphere, will now be crusing on Ambition. Additional, Atmosphere‘s Christmas & New Yr Voyage scheduled for December 21 will now happen on Ambition

The cruise period has been prolonged from 16 to 17 nights and can return to Tilbury on January 7, 2024, as a substitute of January 6, 2024. The itinerary will embody a Rotterdam drop-off for company on January 6. That is the second yr in a row the place company have been shocked by cruise cancellations across the Christmas interval. On the time, this was resulting from points discovered throughout an inspection of the lifeboat stations onboard.

No Point out Of Compensation for Cancelled Cruises

To make the modifications doable, Ambassador Cruise Line has cancelled Ambition‘s West Indies cruise scheduled to set sail on December 11, 2024.

“It’s by no means a straightforward determination to vary or cancel any Ambassador crusing, significantly right now of yr, and I’d personally prefer to apologise for any inconvenience this may occasionally trigger. I totally perceive that an apology doesn’t cowl what a lot of you might be feeling proper now,” mentioned Verhounig.

If the upkeep and repairs may be accomplished with out additional delays, Atmosphere is anticipated to return to the UK in early January, in time for its Grand Spherical The World Cruise. 

Ambassador Cruise Line didn’t make any point out of compensation it could offer company booked on one of many cancelled or rescheduled cruises. Visitors will likely be receiving extra information concerning the choices accessible to them by way of electronic mail, in line with the cruise line. 

Ambience Cruise Ship

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