Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The British-based Cunard Line will make full refunds to more than 2,500 passengers on the Queen Mary 2 furious about three missed port calls. More than 1,300 passengers on the luxury liner signed a petition expressing dissatisfaction with an offer of a 50-percent refund after the world`s largest cruise ship canceled stops in St. Kitts, Barbados and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, when it was slowed by a damaged propeller.
Queen Mary 2Some passengers threatened to refuse to leave the ship when it arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, saying their dream cruise had become a boat ride from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Rio. About 1,000 passengers were to leave the ship. A class-action lawsuit was started against Cunard, Sky News reported. The luxury liner was delayed leaving Florida Jan. 17 when one of its four propulsion pods was damaged with it hit a sea wall. 'While we believe that our original offer would have been fair compensation, we have decided to make an additional gesture,' a Cunard spokesman said. Passengers remaining aboard the ship will be offered a refund of the Florida-to-Rio leg of a 38-day South American cruise.