Passengers on a 335 day circumnavigation of the globe that began in March got a surprise on Tuesday as they arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland only to be told the cruise was ending early.
They were put ashore with no word of a refund.
Cruise West, the Seattle-based company that owned the 120 passenger Spirit of Oceanus, seen at right in an online stock photo, sold the vessel overnight. The company is in the midst of restructuring. The new owners did not plan to continue the cruise.
One passenger from the world cruise e-mailed a message to the Seattle Times saying:
“Cruise West's flagship, the 'Spirit of Oceanus,' has been sold to an unnamed party and the passengers (including myself) are being put ashore at St. John's, Newfoundland. No word yet on refunds”
A similar e-mail sent to the website cruisecritic.com included this information:
"So far, we know very little; all we've been told is that the ship has been sold and the around-the-world cruise is over, as of tomorrow morning."
Spirit of Oceanus is currently secured pier side in St. John’s harbour inside a security fence.
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