Uniworld ship out for repairs until September following Venice collision

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The River Countess is expected to resume service with its Venice to Milan itinerary on Sept. 8.
The River Countess is expected to resume service with its Venice to Milan itinerary on Sept. 8.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has cancelled the rest of its summer sailings of the River Countess, which was hit by an ocean liner while docked in Venice last month.

The company said it expects to resume its Venice-Milan itinerary Sept. 8. Uniworld had hoped to restart the sailings later this month, but CEO Ellen Bettridge said that upon final inspection of the boat, the damage was found to be more extensive than originally thought and will take longer to repair.

"We are as disappointed as our guests at having to cancel our remaining summer sailings aboard the River Countess, but with additional delays due to investigation by Italian authorities, we simply ran out of time to return her to her original condition," she said.

The River Countess was docked at the San Basilio Cruise Terminal in Venice June 2, when it was hit by the MSC Opera, a 2,150-passenger ship.

MSC said a technical issue left the huge ship unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the pier.

Five people aboard the river ship were slightly injured. The MSC suffered only minor damage and resumed sailing June 14.

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