EasyCruise has postponed the launch of its second cruise ship easyCruise Life this week due to labour strikes in Greece.

EasyCruise Life was due to depart for its inaugural week-long cruise this Saturday out of Piraeus in Greece with 20 travel agents on board, hosted by bedbank youtravel.com.

But the company was forced to admit today that the ship would not be completed in time for its first sailing because of strikes by workers in Greece. It is contacting all passengers and will be offering refunds for the cost of the cruise and their expenses, as well as offering alternative cruise dates.

A spokeswoman for youtravel.com said: “We will reschedule the trip for agents when we are given more details.”