Cunard cancels

Ongoing propulsion problems have forced Carnival Corp subsidiary Cunard to bring forward the dry-docking of its 90,000-gt cruiseship Queen Victoria (built 2007) by almost a year.

The UK-headquartered cruise company announced this week that the Queen Victoria will enter dry-dock at Blohm & Voss in January next year to have one of its azipod propulsion units replaced. At the same time, a major interior refurbishment that had been scheduled for December 2015 will be undertaken.

The company has cancelled two cruises as a result of the early dry-docking. Affected passengers will be rebooked on other cruises or given a refund.

Cunard did not disclose what impact the early dry-docking will have on Carnival Corp’s financial results.

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