January 11, 2005


After we got off the QE2 in New York, it had a complete breakdown on the next leg (see posting below) - and now the P&O "Aurora" which we were on in August is sitting in Southampton - and is likelty to be there for a week after engine problems. This means that the world cruise is goign to set off at least one week late... although the passengers are on board and did get one day of sea trials...

This was what the BBC originally said when the news broke: "A scheduled round-the-world cruise has been halted because of technical problems on board a luxury liner.

The 1,752 passengers on the Aurora were due to leave Southampton on Sunday but problems with the propulsion system have delayed the 80-day trip. A spokeswoman for P&O said repairs had been carried out but the ship now needed to undergo a sea trial for at least 24 hours.

The company says a new start date for the voyage has not yet been confirmed. Passengers have been allowed to remain on board while the repairs and sea trial are being carried out.
"Passengers are being keptfully informed of the progress of the work," said the spokeswoman.
"P&O Cruises regrets any disappointment caused by the delay to the start of this cruise holiday and the ship's staff are continuing to ensure the comfort of passengers on board Aurora."

It seems the poor ship has had a few blips. When being named the champagne fell in the sea instead of hitting the ship, and then broke down on the maiden cruise.

We loved the ship (as my report says earlier)!
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