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Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) and All Leisure Holidays were forced to cancel the inaugural sailing of their newest acquisition Discovery last Friday, following the formal detainment of the vessel by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Portland.

Discovery had just completed an extensive dry dock and was originally scheduled to sail on a 15-night voyage to Norway and the Land of the Northern Lights out of Avonmouth but inclement weather and tidal restrictions meant that the vessel was re-routed to Portland where passengers embarked on Thursday.

The line blamed technical problems and a spokesperson for CMV said that, “further works will have to be undertaken to ensure all issues are fully resolved.”

Social media forums have been inundated with reports from passengers of dirty cabins, retail outlets in need of stock, shabby workmanship and old linen.

“Cruise and Maritime have got to seriously win our confidence back,” passenger Ann Brown wrote on CMV’s Facebook page.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan