Cunard schedules Queen Victoria repairs, cancels two cruises

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Cunard's Queen VictoriaCunard Line has canceled two sailings of the Queen Victoria, saying that a bearing on one of the ship’s propulsion units needs replacing before its world cruise departs on Jan. 20.

The line has scrapped a 12-day Canary Islands cruise departing Jan. 3, and a five-day sailing to Amsterdam and Cherbourg, France, departing Jan. 15.

While in drydock at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, the Queen Victoria will receive a multimillion-dollar renovation in addition to the propulsion repair.

Cunard will use some casino space to create nine solo cabins. Also, carpets will be replaced throughout the ship and large flat-screen TVs (at least 32 inches) will be installed in all cabins. New jewelry and watch stores will open in the shopping area.

Plus, exhaust scrubbers will be installed to reduce air pollutants.

The drydock replaces a previously scheduled drydock scheduled for December 2015.

Passengers on the two canceled cruises may receive a full refund. Or, passengers may rebook by January 2017 and receive a cruise credit of $175 per person.

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