Manana is another day for Arcadia

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The new year started with a headache for Carnival UK boss David Dingle, who has been celebrating the award of a CBE and a £200,000 bonus.
Dingle, whose job puts him in charge of P & O, Cunard and Ocean Village, as well as the UK sales of Princess Cruises, got his gong for services to the shipping industry.
His bonus, in the form of 14,422 stock options in Carnival, brings his total holding to 31,419 shares.
The headache was caused by a failed generator on board P & O’s Arcadia, which delayed the ship’s departure from Barcelona, caused the cancellation of a visit to Vigo, and threatened to disrupt the start of her three-month Grand Voyage which is scheduled to leave Southampton on Monday.
The extra time in Barcelona gave passengers more time to explore Las Ramblas, and to enjoy their favourite tapas bars, according to Arcadia blogger Ian Wynne-Smythe.
Behind the scenes there was a frantic rush to get a replacement generator and, according to some reports, to finish off work which remained uncompleted after Arcadia’s recent dry-dock and refit.
In Barcelona harbour, work was under way to repair the Costa terminal after severe damage caused by storms on Boxing Day. High winds drove waves and spray into the building, breaking large areas of glass windows, and cutting off power.
A security guard drowned when his car was swept into the sea during the storm.
A P & O spokeswoman assured me today that Arcadia is expected in Southampton on time after sailing from Barcelona yesterday.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:50+00:00 2 January 2009|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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