Another delayed ship departure - July 4th from Boston

This holiday weekend has not been a kind one for ship departures... this one affected a HAL departure from Boston. The upside of this one is the passengers were treated to the annual fireworks display at the Esplanade. If you have to be on a ship that is not getting underway on time, I can't think of a nicer thing to get "stuck" looking at!  This ship is going to miss one port of call but is apparently safely underway now.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/07/05/cruise-ship-stranded-since-july-4-leaves-boston-harbor-for-halifax/

Tags: Holland America Line Ship delays Maasdam

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The issue of delayed departures raises important questions...
- Do ship engineers have sufficient time to identify, address, and resolve problems between sailings?
- What is the contractual arrangement with ports and what impact do delays and returns to port have on cost?
- Is ship safety being shorted in the clammer toward profit?

Food for thought. 

A delayed departure is always reason for concern.  This one had a nice benefit.  Unfortunately, there is little wiggle room for repairs.  The turnaround time for the next cruise leaves no time for maintenance.

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