Following a fire in the engine room onboard the Boudicca at around 4am on Sunday Jan. 25 2015, sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that the ship is now proceeding towards the Canary Islands, at a slower speed than planned. Guests are being kept informed of the situation at all times according to a statement from the line.
There have been no injuries to any of Boudicca’s 784 guests and 356 crew members, and there is reported to be a good atmosphere on board. The ship’s captain has confirmed that at no point were guests asked to don their lifejackets and gather at the muster stations, as the situation was contained within the engine room by crew members.
Services are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities onboard, both inside and out on deck.
The company is reviewing the itinerary and assessing the extent of the damage to the two main engines and electrical cables, and will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call.
A revised itinerary will be released shortly.
Boudicca is on an 18-night D1502 ‘Cape Verde & the Canaries’ cruise, which departed from Southampton on Jan. 20 2015.