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A Cruise ship that had been due to sail from Avonmouth last week has been impounded in Dorset, leaving hundreds of passengers without a holiday. The Discovery should have set sail for Norway with travellers looking forward to seeing the Northern Lights.
But the vessel has been detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Richard Payne reports.
Passengers on a cruise ship due to leave Portland have been offered full refunds after their trip was cancelled without warning.
Seven hundred people were on board the Discovery ahead of a 15-day cruise to the Northern Lights when they were told the ship would not be leaving.
The company has released a statement on its website following the cancellation of its two-week Northern Lights voyage aboard the Discovery cruise liner.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a statement following its inspection of the Discovery cruise liner in Portland.
It says that the vessel will stay put until safety issues over drills and training have been addressed.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told us that officials went on board the Discovery at the end of last week as part of a routine inspection, and found a number of issues with 'safety management systems'.
This related to crew familiarisation of the ship and training.
The MCA ordered that the vessel should remain in place until the owners had made a number of improvements.
Seven hundred passengers have been told that their cruise, a two-week trip around Norway, has been suddenly cancelled.
The Discovery was originally scheduled to sail from Avonmouth near Bristol but, due to tidal restrictions, it was re-routed to Portland in Dorset at the end of last week.
24 coaches transferred all passengers to Portland but the Captain then informed everyone on board that the cruise could not go ahead due to 'technical reasons'.
Passengers will all receive a full refund and £250 compensation per person.
The firm says that Discovery should be ready for its next scheduled departure from Avonmouth on March 15th.