Propeller issue delays P&O cruise ship

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According to CruiseNewserMV Oceana, a cruise ship from the P&O fleet has been docked for repairs at the Port of Barcelona. The cruise vessel has suffered a propeller shaft issue on one of her seals (between the outside and inside of the vessel that goes around the propeller shaft). The issue has been confirmed by officials of the company. The repair of the ship will take 70 hours and a team of divers. This will result in missing three ports of call from the itinerary. MV Oceana was sailing on a twelve-day cruise started on March 24 in Southampton.

P&O Cruises has offered all passengers onboard Oceana a refund of 25%. The company chose Barcelona to dock its cruise ship because the passengers will have a lot of things to do during the 70-hour stay. As a compensation, the passengers will also have the opportunity to enjoy a local entertainment on board MV Oceana (which will be fully operational), to take a free "hop on-hop off" tour with 40 stops without a guide or to use the free shuttle buses to the city center provided by the company.

According to P&O, the cruise ship will end the cruise as planned and will start her next voyage from Southampton on 5th of April (14 days in the Western Mediterranean). 

MV Oceana is a cruise ship built in 2000 (Fincantieri, Italy). Her capacity is 2,272 passengers, maximum speed - 21 knots. Current position of MV Oceana.