||The ship was detained by authorities in Funchal, Madeira
over unpaid bills by its previous owner, Travelscope. An agreement
between the administrators of Travelscope and the current operator, Van
Gogh Cruise Line Ltd was reached after a couple of days and the ship
was on its way back to the UK. It was on the last leg of a world
||The ship returned to Falmouth after a 24 day Atlantic cruise
that passengers have said was "diabolical". The ship missed St.
John's (Newfoundland) because of weather, skipped Sydney (Nova Scotia)
in order to go directly to Halifax (there had been a death onboard),
was delayed by local authoities at Bar Habour (Maine), refused entry at
Boston, and then arrived early in NYC. See
||After a week off, the number of people becoming ill was greatly reduced, though still significant. Twenty-eight of 550 (5.09%) passengers reported ill on the cruise ending today at Harwich, Essex.||Illness|
of 482 (13.07%) passengers have been quarantined during the current
cruise because of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. The
two-week cruise began in Dundee and ends today in Hull. It will
undergo a "deep clean" before proceding on its next cruise.
||The ship was detained by the coastguard because of an
outbreak of norovirus. More than 100 of 750 passengers and crew
reported illness. According to the BBC, "After
discussions with the Harwich port health
inspectors and the director of public health, the coastguard decided to
detain the ship for at least 48 hours while the "vessel and the crew
were monitored for further outbreaks". A passenger writes: The departure
was delayed, we were informed it was due to housekeeping. We later
learnt that many had been ill on the previous cruise (rumoured to be
178) and that the port authorities had required further cleaning to be
carried out. This passenger estimated that half of all
passengers had become ill during the cruise. The company
apologized for cancelling the next cruise; the ship will resume
cruising June 3.
||Seven passengers were admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital (Hobart, Australia) and 20 more received emergency medical treatment after a health scare on a visiting cruise ship. The hospital's emergency department was inundated with tourists suffering respiratory illness after international cruise liner Funchal docked in Hobart on Friday. The Australian holidaymakers were in their final week of a 35-night "around the continent" cruise, visiting various Australian locations including Broome, Darwin, the Whitsundays and Melbourne, as well as a stopover in East Timor.||Illness|
||2005 and earlier
||The ship has been stuck in Safaga (Egypt) for the past week while repairs are made to the port main engine. The ship departed Piraeus on November 15 and was expected to arrive in Freemantle (Australia) on December 17. Whether the ship will arrive in time for its next cruise, a 36-night return voyage to the UK, will be known in several days after repairs are complete. Passengers were given the option to remain onboard during the repairs (including complimentary shore excursions, a A$200 per person bar credit, and a 70% cruise fare refund); some took the cruise ;line's offer to be flown home. UPDATE: The ship is scheduled to leave Safaga December 15 and will arrive in Freemantle January 13, the day before she is due to depart on the fourth cruise of her published Down Under programme. Passengers booked on the three cancelled cruises (Dec. 17, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2) will receive full refunds.||Engine breakdown
||The 500 passenger ship collided with an oil tanker in foggy
conditions off the southern coast of Spain. The Van Gogh had just
left the port at Gibraltar when it collided with the Greek-registered
Spetses tanker carrying 140,000 tons of crude, off the Bay of
Algeciras. There was no report of injuries or spill of oil.
The Van Gogh returned to Gibraltar and passengers were flown home.
||The ship lost all power at Gibralter and the cruise had to be cancelled. After temporary repairs, she departed Gibralter for Lisbon but had to cancel her next cruise.||Electrical failure|
||The ship ran into a rock wall
(near Stavanger) after machinery stopped due to an electrical short
circuit. There were no injuries and the ship continued on its
voyage the same day.