Cruise due to sail from Avonmouth cancelled and liner detained by authorities
A CRUISE that was supposed to take hundreds of passengers from Avonmouth to see the Northern Lights was cancelled after the ship was detained by authorities.
The MV Discovery was originally due to leave for the cruise to Norway from Avonmouth on Thursday, but was re-routed to Portland due to weather conditions.
Hundreds of passengers were bused from Avonmouth to the Dorset port and put on the ship only later to be told the cruise was cancelled.
A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "Following inspections the Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a Detention Notice on the passenger ship Discovery, preventing the vessel from sailing.
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"This will remain in place whilst the owners and crew undertake revisions to their safety management system."
Cruise and Maritime Voyages, which operates the cruise ship, have offered a full refund to passengers, as well as £250 compensation and 40 per cent off their next cruise.
A spokesman said: "Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and notwithstanding the recent dry docking, the vessel has encountered technical problems which prevent her from sailing. We have been unable to resolve these technical issues to enable us to continue with the cruise on time and further works will have to be undertaken to ensure all issues are fully resolved.”