P&O Cruises has been contacting booked visitors to tell them of the cancelation of the inaugural crusing of the brand new Arvia, at the start scheduled to debut from Southampton on December nine, 2022. Only the primary crusing is cancelled, however, and the deliver will nevertheless sail on its deliberate December 23 departure.
-New Arvia Cruise Ship Delayed:
Arvia, the primary new deliver for P&O Cruises due to the fact Iona debuted in 2020, may be barely not on time together along with her inaugural crusing cancelled.
For motives past our control, we’ve taken the choice to cancel Arvia’s first cruise which turned into scheduled to leave Southampton on nine December,” P&O Cruises stated in a declaration furnished to Cruise Hive.
“We have made this choice as we can now no longer compromise at the excessive requirements of build, indoors design, and provider for which P&O Cruises is known.”
While in addition information at the back of the cancellation aren’t furnished, it’s miles probable that deliver chain delays have impacted the vessel’s completing information. Rather than set sail with components of the deliver now no longer but equipped for visitors, the cruise line has opted to cancel that first cruise as a way to attention on completing the deliver appropriately.
It is likewise feasible that staffing troubles at shipyards have impacted creation schedules for brand spanking new ships, specially with many regions nevertheless having quarantine protocols and fitness and protection regulations final in place.
Two small fires passed off aboard Arvia in July, however aren’t believed to have impacted the deliver’s creation and aren’t the motive for the inaugural delay.
Guests booked at the now-canceled inaugural crusing are being furnished a complete refund, in addition to an extra 10% destiny cruise credit (FCC) to apply on a destiny reserving with P&O Cruises.
The cruise line is likewise providing a completely unique possibility for impacted visitors.
“They can also be invited to a deliver excursion and lunch onboard Arvia beforehand of her first crusing, that allows you to nevertheless be a number of the first visitors to revel in our latest deliver,” the declaration read.
It is uncertain what number of visitors can be capable of take gain of that possibility, however, as it’s miles not going that visitors who may also have deliberate to journey appreciably to attain Southampton for the inaugural cruise might be capable of alter journey plans honestly to revel in a deliver excursion and lunch as opposed to a complete cruise.
The new inaugural crusing of the 184,700-gross-ton vessel will now be the December 23, 2022 departure from Southampton, a 14-night time roundtrip itinerary travelling the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal.
After that one crusing, Arvia will go away Southampton on her first transatlantic crossing on January 6 to reposition to the Caribbean, wherein she can be able to provide more than a few itinerary alternatives from Bridgetown, Barbados and St. Johns, Antigua thru the iciness earlier than returning to Southampton in March 2023.
–Many New Ships Delayed!!!
Delays because of shipyard staffing and deliver chain troubles were not unusualplace troubles with new cruise ships withinside the beyond years, with numerous vessels for specific cruise strains experiencing comparable delays.
Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship Mardi Gras, for example, turned into not on time numerous instances thru the peak of the pandemic, at the same time as Disney Cruise Line’s new Disney Wish, 12 sailings canceled earlier than the deliver debuted in mid-July 2022.
Similarly, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Prima additionally had its inaugural crusing driven back. That deliver turned into subsequently brought to the cruise line in past due July 2022, and finished her first crusing from a U.S. homeport in advance this month.