Last updated: 04:15 PM ET, Tue June 14 2016

Harmony of the Seas Skips Stop in France Due to Labor Strikes

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Donald Wood | June 14, 2016

Harmony of the Seas Skips Stop in France Due to Labor Strikes

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship has canceled a stop in France due to the ongoing labor strikes in the country.

According to Cruise Critic, the Harmony of the Seas was scheduled to make a stop at the port in Marseilles on Tuesday, but Royal Caribbean officials decided to spend additional time in Palma, Spain, Monday before spending Tuesday at sea without a stop.

“Harmony of the Seas is scheduled to call Marseilles, France, on Tuesday, June 14. Royal Caribbean International was informed that the French workers union will be on strike in Marseilles on June 14,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement to Cruise Critic. “Unfortunately, the strike has the potential to seriously disrupt our guest experience in Marseilles. Because of this, Harmony will not be able to make our scheduled call to Marseilles on Tuesday. Instead, Harmony of the Seas will extend its time in Palma De Mallorca, Spain, on Monday and on Tuesday spend an extra day at sea.”

The protests in France continue to grow as the government’s controversial labor reforms will be debated on the Senate floor this week, according to The Local. Not only are Air France pilots striking, but the rail transportation systems are also impacted by the strikes.

In addition, unions representing the striking workers were hoping for the biggest street protest against the reforms in months, resulting in more police presence in the streets and increasing the potential for violent confrontations.

The Harmony of the Seas is expected to continue its journey without interruption for the remainder of the trip.


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