Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection‘s River Countess resumed operation last weekend, three months after the vessel was struck and damaged in Venice by an out-of-control MSC Opera.
The 130-passenger River Countess was struck in early June and was initially expected to be out of action for four weeks, however the damage was worse than first thought and required a longer repair time.
River Countess returned to service on Sunday 8 September 2019, operating from Venice to Milan.
Uniworld’s Managing Director Fiona Dalton told LATTE today [Friday, 13 September 2019] that the repair was completed as scheduled.
“We were delighted to welcome our guests back onboard last Sunday to continue her 2019 sailing season in the waters of the Venetian Lagoon and the River Po.
“Her final departure for the season will be 3 November, following which her transformation over the winter months to be reimagined as another of our Super Ships, the S.S. La Venezia in 2020, will commence.
“What has been a real honour for us is the number of impacted guests from the cancellations earlier in the season that stayed with us and rebooked for this second half of the season. We’re so grateful to them for their loyalty and our crew are excited to be back and looking forward to delivering their fabulous signature hospitality and experiences to say thank you,” Dalton said.