Cunard Cancels Queen Victoria's Cruise as Engine Problem Drives the vessel for Repairs

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Cunard Cruise Company has cancelled an upcoming Mediterranean cruise on Queen Victoria due to issues with a propeller.
Instead of departing Southampton on October 3, 2012 for a sixteen-night Adriatic Discovery sailing, the cruise liner is going into dry dock in Bremerhaven, meaning that some 2,000 guests are facing the disappointment of having their voyage cancelled.
A statement from the cruise company says: “Although there aren't safety problems relating to this support, it does preclude the cruise ship achieving the speeds required to provide the voyage route and therefore it is needful to take the cruise liner out of service for a short time.”
The cruise is going to return to service on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 with a new 2-night sailing from Southampton before embarking on the planned twenty-three-night voyage to the Caribbean, leaving October 19, 2012.
Guests on the affected trip have been contacted and are being offered an alternative Cunard voyage or a full refund; in both cases an additional 15 per cent future cruise credit is also being offered.
Queen Victoria is going to continue to sail its planned routes until the repairs take place, but it is going to sail at slower speeds. This Thursday's twenty-night Mediterranean cruise is departing as normal, with the only route change a substitution of Oporto for Vigo.