Strike forces ferry cancellations

18 September 2012 08:50

A wildcat strike forced the cancellation of two sailings by Britanny Ferries between Roscoff and Plymouth

A wildcat strike forced the cancellation of two sailings by Britanny Ferries between Roscoff and Plymouth

A wildcat strike by Britanny Ferries crew over working conditions led to the cancellation of two crossings, leaving 575 passengers stranded. The £81 million cruise ferry Armorique was due to sail to Plymouth from the Breton port of Roscoff on Thursday afternoon, but remained in the French port after on-board staff held a protest against proposed changes.

Friday morning's crossing was also cancelled, with alternative transport found for the hundreds of passengers expecting to travel. The strike underlines the importance of cruise goers investing in cruise travel insurance, to cover any last-minute delays or unexpected events.

The French ferry company said some passengers were advised to take alternative overnight crossings from other ports, including Caen where it runs a route to Portsmouth. Speaking to the BBC, a Britanny Ferries spokesman said: "Of course we're reimbursing them for the petrol they use, and any fare they incur for their crossing."

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