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The collision of the cruise ships forces the early return of the passengers

More than 300 passengers on the P&O Britannia cruise ship have had their holiday come to an abrupt end. The ship collided with a fuel tanker off the coast of Mallorca during bad weather, causing damage that has forced the decision to send a segment of its passengers home early.

After the collision, it was discovered that one of Britannia’s lifeboats had sustained irreparable structural damage. Thus, maritime laws force the ship to return to the UK, specifically Southampton, with fewer passengers on board.

Some of the affected passengers will be flown back to Southampton. The rest will complete their holidays and return to Southampton this coming Friday, according to the original travel schedule.

In a formal statement, P&O apologized for the unfortunate situation and explained the extent of the damage. They also confirmed that the collision and resulting damage to a lifeboat required the early return of the ship to Southampton, under maritime regulations.

Only a few passengers suffered minor injuries from the incident and are now receiving medical attention on board the ship.

One of P&O’s flagship ships, Britannia has been in service since 2015. She can accommodate up to 3,647 guests and 1,350 crew members. The liner has 13 guest decks and spans 330 meters in length and weighs 143,000 tons.

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