As P&O’s Aurora arrived back in Britain today from its world cruise, some passengers were still moaning about missing five of the 32 planned stops during the 93-day voyage.
Engine problems affected the vessel when it was sailing from Australia to New Zealand, forcing an extended six-day stay in Auckland for repairs to be carried out.
Southampton’s Daily Echo reports that passenger Jennifer Dunthorne, who formed an action group during the cruise, said as she arribved at the city’s Mayflower Terminal: “There are some really upset people here, it’s been a nightmare.”
If your idea of a nightmare is a free bar and free excursions during the Auckland stopover, plus compensation of £500 plus £100 for each missed port, then you might sympathise with her. But I doubt if many would relish the prospect of having her as a table companion on their next voyage.
A spokesman for P&O said today they regretted the disruption, but had offered compensation, the amount of which would vary depending on how much passengers had paid for their world cruise.
Another 1,700 passengers boarded today, heading off on a 21-night cruise to the Caribbean.