Royal Caribbean International made the decision for Harmony of the Seas to extend her stay in Palma yesterday and add an additional day at sea today rather than visit the French port due to the threat of industrial action.
In addition to Air France pilots and French air traffic controllers on strike from this evening, the biggest union in France has also called a general strike, involving taxi drivers and rail workers. Protests will take place in nearly 50 towns and cities across the country, with over a million people expected to take to the streets of Paris.
A statement from Royal Caribbean read:
"Harmony of the Seas is scheduled to call Marseilles, France, on Tuesday, June 14. Royal Caribbean International was informed that the French workers union will be on strike in Marseilles on June 14. Unfortunately, the strike has the potential to seriously disrupt our guest experience in Marseilles. Because of this, Harmony will not be able to make our scheduled call to Marseilles on Tuesday. Instead, Harmony of the Seas will extend its time in Palma De Mallorca, Spain, on Monday and on Tuesday spend an extra day at sea."
A number of other lines are due to call in at French sea and river ports, including Windstar's Star Legend in Bordeaux; P&O Cruises' Ventura in Nice, Oceana in Ajaccio, Corsica; and 3 river lines - AMA Waterways, Uniworld and Viking.