P&O Cruises’ Oceana ship will stay in Barcelona this weekend to repair a seal on a propeller shaft.
In a post on the cruise line’s Facebook page, marketing director Christopher Edgington said a dive team will work underwater on the ship when it is docked in Barcelona from Saturday, meaning calls to Alghero, Cartagena and La Coruna have been cancelled.
Passengers onboard have been offered a 25% refund, with the cruise line to offer additional local entertainment and Spanish evenings while the ship stays in Barcelona. Free shuttle buses will run from the ship to the city centre and passengers will also be given complimentary hop on hop off city tour tickets for the city.
The Facebook post read: “Oceana has developed an issue with the seal between the inside and outside of the ship that goes around the propeller shaft. Rest assured, there is absolutely no safety issue whatsoever with us operating the ship. We think this has been caused by a foreign object getting into the seal and damaging it. As with any mechanical issue, we need to fix it as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
“In order to make the required repair we require a specialist dive team to work on the shaft seals underwater who need around 70 hours whilst the ship is stationary in port to do this. The work will be taking place at the stern of the ship and will be clearly visible to passengers.”