A total of 5,000 cruiseferry passengers are now facing travel disruption after Brittany Ferries was forced to cancel several sailings between Ireland and France. Company's Pont Aven ship (out of service for repair works since May 17) will not resume operations until June 14. The cruiseferry has max capacity 2400 passengers and 650 cars.
A number of cruises between Roscoff and Cork have been canceled as a result, including services during the weekend, May 31 and June 1. Sailings on the route the next weekend, June 7 and June 8, are also canceled.
According to Brittany Ferries, the technical teams of the company have been "working around the clock" in order to carry out repairs to the starboard-side steering gear of the ship.
The company said that despite the efforts it had become apparent that the work will take longer than initially planned and its priority was to make contact with all the affected clients. Additional sailings will be offered between Plymouth UK and Roscoff, while Cork to Santander rotations will be diverted to the Cork-Roscoff route "in order to give passengers the best possible opportunity to arrange alternative sailings."
Brittany Ferries added that "if no suitable alternative is available then a full refund will be offered."