Cruise Cunard cruise canceled due to ship malfunction By Tom Stieghorst / September 11, 2012 Share 1 -- Cunard Line said it will cancel a 16-night cruise on the Queen Victoria to remedy a propulsion problem. The Mediterranean cruise had been scheduled to depart Southampton, England, on Oct. 3. Instead it will go to a drydock in Bremerhaven, Germany. Cunard said the engine problem has forced the ship to operate at reduced speeds insufficient to operate the Oct. 3 cruise. The next Queen Victoria departure will be a two-night shakedown cruise in advance of the scheduled departure on Oct. 19 for a 23-night Caribbean cruise. Passengers are being offered an alternate Cunard cruise or a full refund, in addition to a 15% credit on a future sailing. Follow Tom Stieghorst on Twitter @tstravelweekly.