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Gale kept cruise ships in and off port
Due to a storm the departure of the 'MSC Orchestra' and 'Artania' was delayed after the port authority barred any ship traffic n port on Jan 18, 2020. Tugs were called to stabilized the ships at their berths due to the gale force winds. The call of the 'Artania' at Port Elizabeth was skipped. Also the schedule of the 'AIDAmira was affected as she could not enter the port of Cape Town, as well as the 'Nautica' which was slated to reach the port at midday. On Jan 20 at 9 a.m. the 'Artania' left the port enroute to Durban, ETA Jan 22, followed by the 'MSC Orchestra' short time later on its way to Durban with an ETA as of Jan 24. The 'AIDAmira' was berthed at 11:30 a.m., followed by the 'Nautica'.
Also second cruise cancelled
Also the second cruise of the 'Aidamira' which was scheduled for Dec 4 had to be cancelled as the troubles on board were more than expected. For example, the promenade deck was in poor condition, as was the pool deck. In some cabins problems there was only scalding hot or cold water in the showers, minibars were dirty, furniture on the balconies were missing, beverage dispensers in the restaurants did not work, parts of the exterior painting were not complete as storms in Italy had delayed the completion of exterior works. The ship should have sailed from Mallorca to Cape Town on its second cruise, arriving there on Dec 23. Now only workers will be on board besides the crew when the ship leaves Palma de Mallorca and get the shortcomings addressed during the crossing. The vessel left Palma de Mallorca on Dec 4 at 8.15 p.m. and started its voyage to Cape Town without passengers. On Dec 6 at 2 a.m. it reached Gibraltar. Photos: https://www.ostsee-zeitung.de/Mehr/Bilder/Fotostrecken-Bilder/2019/12/Fotos-So-schlimm-sieht-es-auf-der-Aidamira-aus
Cruise cancelled after refurbishment
The inaugural cruise of the 'Aida Mira' on Dec 1, 2019, had to be aborted and the ship remained at the quay of the multipurpose terminal in Palma de Mallorca instead of sailing to Barcelona and Sète. Instead the ship was due to start on Dec 4 to South Africa. Many passengers who had already boarded for the baptism had complained of serious shortcomings in the cabins. Toilets, showers, air conditioning or card locks did not work properly. The shipping company AIDA Cruises canceled the four-day maiden voyage on Dec 1 as it was not possible to offer the guests "the usual high Aida standard in all areas. Until the planned departure on Dec 4 repairs were to be carried out on the ship. The guests could enjoy Palma and Mallorca for three days or get the full travel price and airfare reimbursed. The refurbishment work was short of 48 hours because thunderstorms in northern Italy would had hampered the work on the outer decks at the San Giorgio shipyard in Genoa.Upload News