Cruise ship “booted out of town”.

Browsing cruise news this morning and came across this tidbit that’s different than the norm.  L’Austral told to leave after unauthorized stop.  I wonder how often unauthorized stops happen with the ultra-luxury liners?  Ships full of multi-millionaires that think they can do what ever they want must do that sort of thing often.

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Are you surprised ? It’s a French ship.

LOL! That’s true. Didn’t think of that.

Didn't think a ship could even dock without permission! Even in the movies they have to pay a fee!

A little dichotomy here. Cruise line says the blog report not true:

“On 18 November 2017, L’Austral, a cruise ship belonging to French cruise company PONANT sailing in the Banyak archipelago in Indonesia, altered course to stop in Palau Asok. Both the Captain and the expedition leader made this choice in order to offer passengers a more interesting programme than the one initially scheduled.It was a regular decision taken in strict accordance to maritime rules. The ship received prior formal written authorisation from the port agent responsible for the area and the stopover went smoothly and without incident. During the call local authorities paid two routine visits to L’Austral. No problems were identified. NO expulsion measure was taken against the ship. Passengers’ disembarkations and embarkations were organised in accordance with the company’s procedures and timing. The ship wasn’t docked but anchored at sea. L’Austral continued sailing as planned in the Indonesian territorial waters without any troubles from the local authorities”.

“Nationalities of tourists on board unknown, most probably the majority are Australians and Europeans. As of 2130 UTC Nov 18 (latest available AIS position) she was cruising in Indian ocean in southeast direction, towards Sunda Strait, port of destination and ETA unclear, Luxury cruise ship L’AUSTRAL, IMO 9502518, GT 10700, built 2011, flag France, operator Compagnie du Ponant, capacity 264 passengers, crew 136.”

Thanks for the updated and correct info. (I’m not taking back any negative comments about the French.)

Don’t look at me. My mother boycotted anything French. She almost stroked out when I brought home a Motobecane racing bike.

This type of cruise, throwing anchors in remote coral lagoons, etc, while using relatively small luxury vessels is becoming more commonplace. Have some friends here that went on one, they strongly suggested we do the same. Wow, I thought the larger all inclusives, like Crystal or Regent, were expensive.

I rather suspect in this instance the cruise line is telling the more accurate story. What probably happened was that even though the line had all the proper permits, authorizations, etc. when the ship pulled into the bay a few locals became indignant and began raising cain. There is a tendency for cruise line guests or tourists in general to assume all locals welcome us with open arms. I've lost track of all the discussions I've had with my coastal brethren up here where I espoused the positive virtues of a viable visitor industry, which fell upon deaf ears as they want no part of these huge "puker boats" in their commercial fishing waters.

Reminds me of the time when about 35 or so of us were first off our ship in Italy, early in the morning. We were headed for a tour of the ruins of a Roman amphitheater but our first stop was a quaint mountain village that had been turned into a tourist haunt. When we got there everything was still closed down but shop keepers and restaurante types were just beginning to stir, getting things ready for the day. Our Italian guide was talking away as we all walked throughout the still closed shops. All of a sudden an irate Italian came out of nowhere and ran into the middle of our group, he grabbed the arm of a lady and began berating her in Italian. Our tour guide went nuts and began screaming at the dude, also in Italian. The lady's husband didn't know what was going on but grabbed hold of the Italian's arm and held him off (The Italian picked on the wrong gal as her hubby could have anchored the defensive line of the Green Bay Packers). The lady shouted, "It’s okay, it's okay, I'm from New York". Turned out the Italian, who had been sitting off in an obscure corner somewhere, had mistakenly thought she took his picture or something.

The Silver Cloud is now a high end luxury ship modified for Antarctica, it is about the same size as the L’Austral. In the last few days the Silver Cloud has ran into a lot more misfortune than the L’Austral did:

"The ill-fated cruise cost the passengers around £12,000 (nearly $16,000) each. The newspaper reports that "Silversea will provide full refunds to all passengers, as well as organising and paying for flights back to Buenos Aires and on to guests’ airports of origin. It also offered overnight accommodation and expenses in Buenos Aires, a refund of outward air fares, and a discount on future bookings."

“Luckily, the engine failure occurred in "relatively light seas. If the power failure occurred in the "infamously rough" Drake Passage to Antarctica, the outcome "might have been much more serious."

Oh are you a bicyclist also? I enjoy biking and wouldn’t mind having an ol’ Motobecane.


What you say Kennicott remind me of what I’ve been reading about cruise ships in Maine and Venice. Apparently lots of unhappy people who would like the cruise ships to stop visiting.

Oh yes, But let us not leave Molokai in Hawaii off the list of "We don't want ships". Actually Molokai is a pretty nice place to visit, unfortunately you have to have time to go there from Maui and if on a cruise ship that stops in Maui, you aren't going to have the time.


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