Twenty-six Britons’ Silversea bookings have been affected after the line’s expedition ship Silver Explorer ran into a fishing net in the Bering Sea in Alaska.

The 144-passenger ship’s current sailing due to end on July 1 is to be cut short, and its subsequent 11-day sailing has been cancelled to allow the vessel to go into dry dock for two weeks to repair any damage.

All passengers affected have been offered a full refund and future cruise credit by the line.

Passengers on the shortened sailing have also had their homebound travel arrangements paid for.

It is understood 14 Britons were on the curtailed sailing and around a dozen were due to travel on the cancelled sailing, departing from Seward, Alaska, on July 1.

The line’s UK managing director Peter Shanks said: “The current cruise is still going but we are going to bring the ship in early on June 26. We have spoken to all the passengers affected.

“It is rather unfortunate in that part of the world to encounter a fishing net.”

Shanks has urged agents wishing to board a Silversea ship this summer to get in touch with one of the line’s trade sales managers.

There are agent places available at 20 more events running until September at ports such as London Tilbury, Greenwich, Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh.

Agents who secure a place will take a tour of the ship and have lunch on board.

Details can be found at the line’s agent portal my.silversea.com

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