(5:30 p.m. EDT) — Rough seas and high winds in Barcelona have forced Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam to begin its transatlantic sailing a day late.
The ship, which is repositioning from the Mediterranean to Fort Lauderdale,was scheduled to disembark and embark November 2 in Barcelona. Unsafe weather conditions delayed the ship’s docking by a day; the ship docked at 7 a.m. local time November 3.
“The ship made repeated attempts at docking, but based on the high winds and rough seas, the captain made the decision in conjunction with the port authorities and local pilots that it was not safe to enter the port,” Holland America said in a statement.
Disembarking passengers who used Holland America’s air program were rebooked automatically. Those with independent arrangements were given complimentary phone and Internet access to modify their travel plans. Passengers on the transatlantic sailing were notified of the delay and provided with hotel accommodations.
To ensure a timely arrival in Fort Lauderdale, the ship’s November 8 visit to Ponte Delgada, Azores, has been canceled. Port calls scheduled at Alicante, Malaga and Cadiz all have been moved ahead by one day.
Costa Diadema docked November 2 in Barcelona as scheduled.