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The cruise ship Spirit of Oceanus sits tied up in St. John's harbour Wednesday awaiting an uncertain future. Passengers left the ship when it docked during the early morning hours and apparently left the province by air.
A cruise ship involved in a company restructuring stopped in St. John’s Wednesday.
The Spirit of Oceanus, which was on an around-the-world cruise, has reportedly been sold.
According to the Seattle Times, Cruise West, a small Seattle-based cruise line, known for its Alaska voyages, is getting new owners and was to disembark passengers in St. John’s.
The paper quoted an e-mail from one passenger saying her 335-night cruise was being cut short and the passengers sent on from St. John’s.
According to a crew member, who wanted to remain unnamed due to concerns for future employment, the ship and its crew were headed for the Bahamas for drydock. The crew member said the ship had been to a number of destinations already, including Asia, the Middle East, Egypt, Europe, Greenland and Iceland.
The ship can hold 120 passengers.
“We cancelled the next cruise because we have a new owner,” the crew member said.
St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said there were 70 people aboard the Spirit of Oceanus when it docked, and only four or five of those were involved in the full world cruise. He said they were the only ones having their trip cut short.
For the rest, St. John’s was the end of their original itinerary, O’Keefe said.
He said the cruise line was looking after those passengers.
The ship was originally scheduled to proceed to St-Pierre and pick up another 70-100 people, but that port of call is off now.
Those passengers were to travel to St-Pierre from elsewhere to board the ship, but were notified well in advance of the cancellation, O’Keefe said.
“It’s not even an issue,” he said.
Cruise West representatives could not be reached.
A recorded message said the company was in the process of restructuring and new bookings were being suspended.