Power restored on Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca

Liverpool Fred. Olsen Boudicca at Sea

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed that a fire on one of its ships has not affected onboard services, although the vessel will now spend two days in Tenerife to undergo essential repairs.

The 784-passenger Boudicca had been due to arrive in Lanzarote this morning.

It was reported over the weekend that a fire broke out on Boudicca at 4am, damaging two of the ship’s engines and causing the vessel to list. No one was hurt during the incident and the fire was extinguished by the ship’s crew.

Mike Rodwell, managing director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, along with a team from the company’s Ipswich headquarters will travel to Tenerife to speak to guests on board.

In a statement, the company said: “Fred. Olsen would like to thank all its customers for their wishes of support and they are delighted to report future bookings were unaffected yesterday demonstrating the loyalty of its guests, with one, currently on board Boudicca, actually booking their next holiday for March 2016.”

Ken Watkinson, a passenger on board Boudicca, told the BBC that the situation had remained calm. “Around midnight, they announced there were problems with the electricity,” he told the BBC. “I stayed in my bed and this morning it is all back to normal.”

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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