- Another delayed ship departure - July 4th from Boston
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.
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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