Cruise cancelled after blaze

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All 1,672 passengers who were on board cruise ship Zenith when it was crippled by a small electrical fire on Monday have now arrived home in Spain.
Operators Pullmantur chartered 40 buses and laid on six aircraft to greet the ship when it was towed into Venice. The last plane arrived in Madrid yesterday.
Zenith was sailing from Ravenna to Venice when the fire, which was quickly extinguished, broke out on Monday morning. There were no casualties.
The vessel is now in the Marghera shipyard, where engineers are assessing the damage caused by the blaze, in an engine room electrical switchboard. The next cruise, due to depart on July 1 for the Greek islands and Turkey, has been cancelled.
Passengers have been offered alternative cruises on board sister ship Horizon.
Spanish operator Pullmantur is a subsidiary of cruise giant Royal Caribbean. Zenith, built in 1992 for Celebrity Cruises, is scheduled to be transferred to another RCI-owned company, Croisieres de France, next year.
In August 2009, the ship was damaged when a fire broke out while it was moored in Stockholm, Sweden.
All Leisure Group has issued a Stock Exchange warning about the costs it will incur as a result of the generator failure on board its cruise ship mv Voyager. The expense of replacement crankshafts should be covered by insurance, but the company is faced with paying out for the ship’s stay in dry dock, and compensation to passengers whose cruises were cancelled.

By | 2013-06-27T08:39:40+00:00 27 June 2013|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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