Arcadia will be delayed getting back to Southampton, and as a result her next cruise, a two-night cross-channel cruise, will be cancelled. The stated reason for the delay is strong winds in Northern Europe. There’s a statement on the P&O Facebook page, but here’s what it says:
“Unfortunately due to strong storms in Northern Europe Arcadia has been delayed in leaving her refurbishment in Germany. As a result, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the two night cruise departing on Sunday. We are currently contacting all of our customers by email or phone to advise them of the cancellation. Everyone booked will be getting a full refund and a future cruise credit. There are also options for passengers to move to any other two night cruise next year. We are really sorry that we have had to cancel this cruise and passengers can call us on 0843 374 0012 or contact their travel agent to discuss their options. Thank you.”
I do sympathise with disappointed passengers, but I don’t think I would ever book the first cruise on any ship after a refit – there’s always a possibility that it will be cancelled. And in this case, that two-night cruise always looked a bit like a sacrificial cow, in my opinion.