Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that Black Watch is due to arrive in Funchal, Madeira today [Saturday 2nd July 2016], as scheduled, at 17.00 hours, two hours earlier than previously advised.
There has been some cabling damage on board, which is affecting lighting and communications, but all other services are working as normal.
However, the cabling damage has prevented the other two main engines from running, and it is anticipated that the repairs will cause disruption to guests during the recabling. Therefore, we have made the decision - in the best interests of guests’ comfort and enjoyment - to fly them home from Funchal. Our intention is to charter a private aircraft for our guests back to the UK over the next few days, at Fred. Olsen’s expense.
Captain Henrik Mattsson has been keeping guests fully informed at all times and has reported that guests ‘are in good spirits’.
Mike Rodwell – Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – will be joining the ship in Funchal today [Saturday 2nd July 2016], with a support team of senior executives, and will address guests and ask for any feedback.
Fred. Olsen appreciates guests’ understanding and co-operation with these new arrangements. All guests will be compensated for loss of enjoyment and facilities.
There are 696 guests and 365 crew on board, the majority of whom are British nationals.
We hope that Black Watch will be able to undertake her next cruise – a nine-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ cruise from Tilbury on 8th July 2016 – as scheduled.
Black Watch departed from Dover on Saturday 25th June 2016, on her 13-night ‘Portuguese Island & Cities’ cruise.
The safety of all guests and crew on board Black Watch is Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ utmost priority.
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