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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Almost the definition of "Bad Cruise"


As set out here:
Passengers endured two hurricanes and threatened a mutiny on board the MV Athena on its way to north America.

A 70-year-old man, from Sark in the Channel Islands, died after falling down steps during a storm.

Cruise firm Travelscope said that the ship had suffered an "unfortunate chain of events".
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Mike Woodthorp, from Cornwall, said the ship was hit by bad weather two days after leaving Falmouth on 10 September.

The ship was heading to St John's, Newfoundland, in Canada on a 24-day Atlantic cruise.

He said: "The hurricane carried on for two days - abating slightly on Wednesday 13th - and we caught up with another hurricane on Thursday 14th.
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Richard Ford, managing director of cruise firm Travelscope, said: "The chain of events is unfortunate and obviously there was a very tragic incident that occurred.

"But there were extremely unusual weather conditions for this time of year. They were well away from the hurricane, the ship had slowed down for the comfort and safety of passengers and lots of announcements were made on board.

"Passengers were asked not to move around the vessel unless they really had to and stay seated where possible and the gentleman who died didn't do that.
More info on the Athena here. And from here:
There is never a dull moment on board this modern vessel...

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