Hamburg - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has delayed the launch of its new “Hanseatic Nature” ship because, it says, “the shipyard can not guarantee the timely completion in the contractually agreed quality”.
“Hanseatic Nature” is being constructed at the Vard-Fincantieri shipyard in Romania. “The planning security is missing for the organization of a baptism event,” writes Hapag-Lloyd in a press note, and the company therefore has to “cancel the christening ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2019 in Hamburg.”
The “Hanseatic Nature” is the first of three new vessels from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and was set to leave on 13 April 2019 for its 13-day maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon. “With the cancellation of the time-consuming christening event the day before, the cruise operator focuses on the realization of the maiden voyage,” says the note.
The company offers the passengers of this maiden voyage the opportunity to withdraw from it free of charge. ”In addition to the full refund, 50 percent of the cruise price will be credited to a new booking.”
“We greatly regret the necessary cancellation of the baptism and the resulting uncertainties for our guests,” said Karl J. Pojer, chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “However, we have always based our ships on the highest quality standards. Both we and our guests expect a ship that sets new standards. To ensure this, we are forced to expand the timeframe that the shipyard needs.”