P&O Cruises posted a short message on their Facebook page yesterday, which detailed some possible problems with cruise ships going to Norway during the current strike action. P&O explained that they’re aware of this issue and stated it could cause problems for ships heading to this area, but mainly those going to Oslo.
Contingency plans are being worked on with P&O’s local agents, although they are monitoring the situation through this week, and next when the Norwegian strikes should take place.
Another cruise blog pointed out that other cruise lines, like Fred Olsen and Cunard, don’t have any cruise ships heading to Norway next week, so this strike action should mainly affect P&O Cruises only. Although a later update in the above link explains Fred Olsen’s Balmoral has a revised itinerary, which means she’ll now be calling at Zeebrugge, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, and Warnemunde.
It’s also worth noting that P&O state any changes to cruise ship itineraries will be communicated to passengers right away by the Captain, although the “fluid nature” of the strike action means some announcements might be made at last moment.
Are you on a cruise ship to Norway next week, or do you have friends and family that are?
Update: We’ve just found out that a number of other cruise lines are heading to Norway next week, and while there is nothing mentioned from the likes of Royal Caribbean on their Facebook page at the time of writing, they are in Norway next week. It looks like a few other cruise lines are as well, at this time we’re not sure how they will be affected and as P&O stated some changes could be very last minute.