Hanoi: Adding fuel to the fire over the simmering row between disgruntled passengers annoyed at missing a key Vietnamese destination and the travel operator who booked their tickets onboard the Costa Victoria two weeks ago, reports have emerged that the ship could have called at Halong Bay after all.
Around 340 protesters staged a sit in protest when the Costa Victoria returned to Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago, irritated that the ship had missed calling at the scenic Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam. The protest meant the ship left for its next sailing more than eight hours late.
A sunken vessel at the entrance of Halong Bay port was cited by Costa as the reason for the change of plan. However, it has now emerged the port was only closed for one hour in the early morning of February 4 as the sunken ship was quickly moved away.
Angry passengers are still fighting for a greater compensation package. [19/02/14]