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Cruise ship stand-off in HK ends with compensation talks

The cruise ship stand-off in Hong Kong has finally come to an end. Some of the 300 passengers of the Costa Victoria had refused to disembark for 17 hours, demanding more compensation for the cancellation of a visit to Vietnam's Halong Bay.

HONG KONG: The cruise ship stand-off in Hong Kong has finally come to an end.

Some of the 300 passengers of the Costa Victoria had refused to disembark for 17 hours, demanding more compensation for the cancellation of a visit to Vietnam's Halong Bay.

The visit to the UNESCO site was half a day in a six-day itinerary, and had to be cancelled because a sunken ship off the coast prevented the cruise liner from docking.

On Friday, the disgruntled holidaymakers met with tour agency Miramar Travel to discuss the compensation offer, with Hong Kong's Travel Industry Council mediating.

They had demanded a refund of one-third of the US$1,300 they paid for the trip.

Miramar Travel had originally offered US$40, insisting that it was not responsible for the cancellation of the Halong Bay visit in Vietnam.

Talks lasted four hours.

The terms of the final compensation package is not immediately known.

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