Some Passengers Sold Their Homes to Participate: The Three-Year Cruise Ultimately Canceled at the Last Minute

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.06 - 2023 11:01 AM CET

This is not the mentioned cruise ship - Photo:
This is not the mentioned cruise ship - Photo:
The Three-Year Cruise Ultimately Canceled at the Last Minute.

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The dream voyage turned into a life disappointment for many. The Turkish company Miray Cruises, relatively unknown to the general public, had executed a significant marketing feat by offering a three-year luxury cruise aboard a liner, spanning nearly 210,000 kilometers and visiting 140 countries, all at a relatively affordable cost starting from 35,000 euros per year.

To afford this journey, some passengers did not hesitate to sell all their belongings, including their homes.

This bold project hit a snag when the company decided to simply cancel the voyage, as reported by The troubles had started to pile up for Life at Sea Cruises, a subsidiary of Miray Cruises overseeing this cruise.

The reason: due to a lack of funds, they failed to purchase the ship they desired, the MS AIDAaura, which had the necessary 111 cabins to accommodate the tourists.

Before this, Kendra Holmes, the company's director, resigned earlier in the month.

The departure date of the journey had been postponed to November 17th and then November 30th. The embarkation location was also changed from Istanbul to Amsterdam.

Regarding the affected passengers, Miray Cruises promised to reimburse them.

The company asserts that it will carry out the reimbursements in installments from mid-December until the end of February. They also offered to pay for accommodation until the start of the next month and return flights for those stranded in Istanbul​

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