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Voyages to Antiquity abandons winter sailings after Asia battering

Voyages to Antiquity has been forced to abandon its entire winter 2013-14 cruise programme in Asia after its ship, Aegean Odyssey, was battered by torrential rain, rough seas and gale force windsearlier this year.

The decision which means the 570-passenger Aegean Odyssey will be laid up in Greece for the winter.

Passengers booked on the cruises have had their deposits returned or had the option to sail in 2014-15.

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Aegean Odyssey will spend the winter resting in Greece

“The fact is that despite many positive aspects, the programme of 2012-13 had a number of voyages which encountered several unpredicted challenges beyond its control including abnormally bad weather systems,” the company said.

These included gale force winds and and heavy seas in the South China Sea. The worst of the bad weather affected the ship as it travelled between Hong Kong and the Philippines and to northern Borneo.

“Although previously uncommon, the chance of these conditions recurring would adversely affect our ability to provide the levels of passenger service for which we are renowned – this is an area we are not prepared to compromise,” the line said.

Voyages to Antiquity managing director David Yellow said: “It is important all our cruises match up to our high quality standards, hence we have taken the difficult decision to cancel, and concentrate our efforts on revising the programme in the area for 2014-15. This new cruise programme will feature areas less prone to unpredictable weather which was a recurrence of the first programme.

“We hope that our guests will re-book with us for the 2014-15.”

The forthcoming winter sailings were due to run between November and March following a similar route to the first season.

The revised programme of destinations for 2014-15 will not include the areas which saw such severe weather conditions this year, but still visit places that provide the interest, according to the company.

Posted on 18th July 2013 at 08:25 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Voyages to Antiquity |

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