Cruise Passengers Picket & Protest When Costa Ship Misses Port in Vietnam

Costa Victoria Cruise ShipHere is something you will never see in the world of cruising: Cruise passengers so unhappy with their cruise that they won't leave the ship!

As reported in the South China Morning Post, the Costa Victoria could not enter a port in Vietnam because a sunken ship blocked the harbor.  This resulted in a shore excursion to Halong Bay being cancelled.

The travel agency offered the 1,000 or so passengers a refund of around $40 each and the cruise line offered them $50 each.  Most accepted the offers, but over 100 passengers demanded a refund of up to 70% of their cruise fares. They refused to leave the ship and protested loudly.

The next sailing was delayed due to the protest.      

I can't remember ever seeing or hearing about passengers picketing and protesting like this before.

A cruise line would quickly terminate and blacklist a crew member who ever did anything like this. Most disgruntled passengers just want to get off the ship, make their flight connections, and go home.  

Photo Credit: Wikipedia / HG32



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Mike D - February 6, 2014 2:48 PM

And this goes to show you just how greedy some people are!! 70% off the cruise fare because of 1 missed port?!? Unbelievable!

Karmila Rose Dimamay - February 6, 2014 5:59 PM

Pure greed... it is not even the fault of the ship why they can't dock at the Port Halong Bay. A 90$ refund is more than enough considering that you are well accommodated on board on that day.

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