ATHENA a ship going nowhere
All packed and ready to depart this Friday to fly to Rome and join the ship Athena for the voyage back to Australia.
Two days ago a friend in SA phoned and says he has heard my intended cruise ship has been seized in port a week ago and will be going nowhere
Frantic calls to the shipping company in Sydney...no replies
Further frantic calls to my travel agent in Brisbane and instructed to leave message. No reply
Emails remain unanswered from my travel company.
Finally trace the Athena on the web to find the company has gone into administrative receivership and yes the ship has been seized in a Meditteranean port. It is certainly going nowhere and it seems nor am I
Surely my travel agent has a responsible duty to have kept me informed, I could already be on my way to Rome and further travel debt as no doubt many other passengers due to board this ship in Rome in less than a week will be.
Contacted my travel insurance company and find that it does not cover me as the shipping company has gone into voluntary liquidation.
I know that it is not quite the end of the world, however being in my eighties it feels like it.