Cancellation of the first sailing of the new P&O cruise ship
P&O Cruises has contacted booked guests to advise of the cancellation of the inaugural sailing of the new Arviaoriginally scheduled to debut from Southampton on December 9, 2022. However, only the first sailing is canceled and the ship will continue to sail on her scheduled departure on December 23.
New Arvia Cruise ship delayed
ArviaP&O Cruises’ first new ship since Iona debuted in 2020, will be slightly delayed with her maiden sailing cancelled.
“For reasons beyond our control, we have taken the decision to cancel Arvia’s first cruise which was scheduled to depart Southampton on December 9th,” P&O Cruises said in a statement provided to Cruise Hive.
“We have made this decision because we will not compromise on the high standards of construction, interior design and service for which P&O Cruises is known.”
While further cancellation details are not provided, it is likely that supply chain delays have impacted the ship’s finishing details. Rather than leaving with parts of the ship that are not yet ready for guests, the cruise line has chosen to cancel this first cruise in order to focus on finishing the ship appropriately.
It’s also possible that staffing issues at shipyards have impacted new ship construction schedules, especially with many areas still having quarantine protocols and health and safety restrictions remaining in place.
Of them small fires broke out on board Arvia in Julybut they are not believed to have had any impact on the ship’s construction and were not the cause of the inaugural delay.
Guests booked on the now-canceled inaugural cruise receive a full refund, plus an additional 10% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to be used on a future booking with P&O Cruises.
The cruise line is also offering a unique opportunity to affected customers.
“They will also be invited to a ship tour and lunch aboard Arvia before her first sail, so they can always be among the first guests to experience our new ship,” the statement read.
However, it is unclear how many guests might take advantage of this opportunity, as it is unlikely that guests who would have planned to travel significantly to reach Southampton for the inaugural cruise would be able to adjust their travel plans simply to take advantage of a ship. visit and lunch rather than a full cruise.
The new maiden sailing of the 184,700 gross ton vessel will now depart on December 23, 2022 from Southampton, a 14-night round trip itinerary visiting the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal.
After this navigation, Arvia will leave Southampton on her first transatlantic crossing on January 6 to reposition in the Caribbean, where she will offer a range of route options from Bridgetown, Barbados and St. Johns, Antigua over the winter before returning to Southampton in March 2023.
Many new ships delayed
Delays due to shipyard staffing and supply chain issues have been common issues with new cruise ships over the past two years, with several ships from different cruise lines experiencing similar delays.
Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship Mardi Grasfor example, was delayed several times during the height of the pandemic, while the new Disney Cruise Line Disney Wish, 12 departures canceled before the ship’s commissioning in mid-July 2022.
Likewise, the new Norwegian Cruise Line norwegian prima also saw her maiden sailing postponed. This ship was eventually delivered to the cruise line at the end of July 2022and sailed for the first time from an American homeport earlier this month.