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Cruise ship left Bremerhaven bound to Greece after lay up of more than seven months
The "Minerva" which had docked at the Lloyd Yard in Bremerhaven on March 7 for a three weeks overhaul, finally left the port on Sep 26, bound to Elevsis, ETA Oct 7.
Cruises on Minerva and Voyager cancelled
The future for the "Minerva" and "Voyager" was uncertain after around 300 passengers who were due to begin a New Year voyage from Marseille to Tenerife were told that the 15-day trip would not be going ahead only on Dec 30, 2016. The company said customers would be contacted shortly about refund procedures. A sister company, Voyages of Discovery, has cancelled a cruise starting from Malaysia . The trip aboard the "Voyager" was due to go to Borneo, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. The line’s website says: “Due to operational reasons, Voyages of Discovery regrets to inform its passengers that the Riches of the Orient cruise due to start in Malaysia on 4th January 2017 has been cancelled. “Voyages of Discovery apologises to all of its passengers who were due to sail on this cruise.” Both cruise lines are owned by the All Leisure Group. The fall in the value of the pound following the EU referendum has hit UK travel companies hard. All Leisure Group’s revenue is predominantly in sterling, but its costs are mainly in foreign currencies, particularly the US dollar and euro. All Leisure Group also owns Hebridean Island Cruises, which has a single ship, the "Hebridean Princess" — converted from a Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry. The ship is due to start sailing again for the summer in March. A Canadian firm, G Adventures, appears to have bought two other brands owned by All Leisure Group: Travelsphere and Just You. Both entities are now covered by an ATOL licence that is registered to G Adventures’ London office.
Medevac in Brunsbüttel
In the afternoon of May 12, 2016, a passenger of the "Minerva" fell ill and was disembarked in the large northern lock of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel for further treatment in hospital. The fire rescue and the rescue service were involved. The ship then continued the voyage from Rönne to Portsmouth. German report with photo: http://www.schiffsjournal.de/rettungseinsatz-in-brunsbuettel-erkrankte-person-musste-von-bord-der-ms-minerva-geholt-werden/News schreiben