Thursday, 3 April 2008

Cruise woes

460 passengers on board the MV Van Gogh, a luxury cruiseliner, are being put up in Funchal, Madeira, after their ship was impounded in a legal dispute. The liner was owned by tour operator Travelscope, which went bust at the end of 2007. People who had booked on a 3 month round-the-world cruise through Travelscope were transferred to the Van Gogh, but are now stranded in Madeira. More here.


  1. Oh! Dear what a great dissapointment this must be for the people on board ship..Good to be back Guido,I wish to thankyou for your kind words you have sent me throughout my absence and I shall hopefully be back to commenting regular as soon as time allows.Until then,I have to make my comments short due to so many to catch up with.J/land is the best.THANKYOU. Take Care God Bless Kath.astoriasand

  2. I feel bad for those passengers, imagine taking what you think is going to be the trip of lifetime only to be stranded!  

  3. Goodness, what a nightmare for those people. A 89 yr old man from my Ohio city, got on a Carnival cruise with his family. He had blood in his stool and told the doctor on the ship. They forced him OFF the ship at the next stop..i forget in the Caribeann somewhere and he had to find the money to FLY all the way home to Ohio!!!! His doctor then found out the only reason he had that problem was due to a new med he had started. This poor old man is so mad.

  4. What a nightmare for those people.

  5. OH this would SO happen to me!!


  6. Oh those poor people.  I love cruising but 3 month's on a ship would put me over the edge.  Even the 16 day cruise we're considering will be about my limit.  Hopefully, the passengers will soon be safely home or back on the ship finishing out the cruise.  Linda in WA

  7. springangel2354 April 2008 at 13:57

    Wow, that was some story....thanks for sharing.