A strike in Le Harve has forced a last minute itinerary change to a Royal Caribbean International cruise this weekend.

The three-night sailing by Independence of the Seas from Southampton today was due to call at the French port on Sunday for trips to Paris and other regions in northern France.

However, passengers were informed last night that the itinerary has been altered with the ship calling into Rotterdam instead of Le Harve.

Passengers with pre-booked shore excursions from Le Harve are being offered full refunds.

A new excursion programme from Rotterdam will be available onboard.

The 3,600-passenger ship is starting its summer season of departures from Southampton with the three-night cruise which also includes a call into Zeebrugge for Bruges.

The line told passengers: “We have been advised that due to strike action in Le Harve, France, we are unfortunately unable to call at this port of call as planned.

“We are pleased to advise however that the ship will be calling at Rotterdam, Netherlands, as an alternative.

“We sincerely apologise for this last minute itinerary change that is beyond our control, however we are confident that you will still have a very enjoyable holiday onboard Independence of Seas.”