Three-year cruise canceled due to lack of ship

Three-year cruise canceled due to lack of ship

If you’re planning a three-year world cruise, a good first step is probably getting a ship.

During months, Life at Sea Cruises recruited travelers, took their money and marketed this unusual offer, announced in March.

Its website, which promoted the cruise starting Monday, described the ship, the MV Lara, and promised tours of the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.

Potential passengers might pause before booking, however, when they see that the voyage was already scheduled to set sail on November 1. And they will perhaps be even more alarmed to learn that the ship, under its original name, the AIDAaura, has been acquired mid-November by Celestyal Cruises, not by Life at Sea.

The day after this publication, Life at Sea announced the cancellation of its world tour.

Miray Cruises, the cruise line’s parent company, said it could not afford the $40 million to $50 million requested for the ship and said investors had dropped out because of unrest in the Middle East. CNN reported.

Neither Life at Sea nor Miray responded to requests for comment Monday. The cruise itinerary and links to book passage remained online.

Phileas Fogg circumnavigated the world in 80 days, but this journey was to be leisurely – a span of three years, similar to Magellan’s.

The cruise was initially scheduled to leave Istanbul, then take a long tour of the Western Hemisphere before arriving in Asia in August 2024.

The South Pacific and Australia would occupy a large part of 2025, followed by India. In 2026, the cruise was to visit Africa, then Europe before ending at the end of 2026, three years after its start.

The cruise cost between $38,513 and $98,226 per person per year for double occupancy, so a couple planning to take the entire world tour would pay a minimum of $230,000, at a cost per day significantly less than that of many long-term cruises.

Holland America, for example, approximately fresh $180 per person per night for their 128-day cruise, which would be almost $400,000 for a three-year couple’s trip.

The MV Lara, as it was to be called, was to have a capacity of 1,266 passengers, of which 80 percent would have to be booked, the company said. Less than half of the cabins appeared to be booked Monday morning.

The cruise was initially postponed to November 11, then November 30, and its departure city was changed to Amsterdam. Then it was simply canceled on November 17.

Passengers were promised reimbursement in monthly installments until February, CNN reported. He cited several passengers, whom he did not name, saying they were dismayed by the cancellation after planning their next three years around it.

Miray said she considered moving the cruise to one of her other ships, but decided that ship was too small.

The long three-year period for the planned cruise was unusual and attracted considerable media attention. Cunard’s round-the-world cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 lasts three months.

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David B.Otero

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