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.
Passenger comfort and safety is of paramount importance to both Cruise and Maritime Voyages and All Leisure Holidays and sincere apologies have been made to all the 657 passengers who boarded the 'Discovery' and lost out on this unique cruise.
A significant compensation package and full refund has been provided.
Owners and their technical manager's efforts are now focused on ensuring the 'Discovery' is in top shape for its next scheduled cruise on March 15.
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.