Ponant Diverts L'Austral to Manilla for Safety Inspection

Ponant L'AustralCruise Critic reports that Ponant has diverted its cruise ship, L'Austral, because of safety concerns due to two separate accidents earlier this year when the French luxury cruise ship struck objects while sailing. 

In January, the cruise ship struck a floating object in the Sub Antarctic Islands. In February, L’Austral struck an undersea rock while sailing in New Zealand, causing damage to its hull.

Ponant chose to avoid the ship sailing into the Sulu Sea. L'Austral was forced to skip its port visit to Borneo.

The vessel's certification society reportedly requested Ponant to undergo an inspection in a port near Manila, from March 16 to 29, 2017, in order to check the ship's hull for damage. 

L'Austral has been in the news several times in the last two years. In August 2016, an excursion vessel carrying two dozen passengers from L’Austral began taking on water and eventually sank in waters near Greenland. The cruise passengers were rescued at the last minute.

In November 2015, L'Austral rescued several hundred passengers from another luxury cruise ship operated by Ponant, Le Boréal, which caught on fire when the ship was sailing north of the Falkland Islands. The fire and evacuation efforts were far more complicated than initially reported.

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Carnival Paradise Modifies Itinerary

Carnival Paradise Modified ItineraryYesterday, Carnival notified its customers that it was modifting the itinerary of the Carnival Paradise for the following dates: 3/13/17, 3/27/2017, 4/10/2017, 4/24/2017, 5/8/2017, 5/22/2017, 6/5/2017.

Dear Carnival Paradise Guests:

We want to take a moment to provide you with some important information regarding your upcoming cruise. Carnival Paradise is experiencing a technical issue which is only affecting the ship's maximum cruising speed. While our technicians make the necessary repairs; we will need to operate a modified itinerary. We have replaced our visit to Grand Cayman with a call to Costa Maya and will be visiting Cozumel on Wednesday instead. We will also be extending our time in Cozumel for you to experience a little more of this exciting port of call. For your enjoyment; an on board credit of 25 USD; per person; will be applied to your Sail and Sign account.

Below is our revised itinerary:

Day            Port of Call                        Arrive             Depart

Mon            Tampa, FL                                               4:00 PM

Tue             Fun Day @ Sea

Wed            Cozumel; Mexico            8:00 AM           8:00 PM

Thu             Costa Maya. Mexico       7:00 AM           3:00 PM

Fri               Fun Day @> Sea

Sat              Tampa, FL                        8:00 AM

Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for Grand Cayman will be automatically refunded to your onboard Sail & Sign account. Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for Cozumel will be automatically adjusted to the new day. For information on fun tours in Costa Maya, please visit www.carnival.com. We sincerely apologize for this change and thank you for your understanding. Most importantly; we look forward to welcoming you aboard for a fun and memorable vacation.

This comes just a day after Carnival had to mofify the itinerary of the Carnival Splendor after it developed what Carnival calls a "technical issue" with one of its engines at sea. 

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Carnival Paradise Modified itinerary

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