Become a Cruise Insider
Tips, deals and more in your inbox.
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Cruise Ship Returns to Port After Engine Room Fire

June 29, 2014
holland america westerdam fire seattle

(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- Holland America's Westerdam returned to its Seattle homeport Saturday just four hours after departing, due to an engine room fire. No passengers or crew were injured, and an evacuation was not necessary, according to line spokesman Erik Elvejord.

The fire started about an hour into the ship's weeklong journey to Alaska, and the U.S. Coast Guard advised the ship to return to port, which it did under its own power. The vessel was inspected and given the all-clear to sail Sunday morning after overnighting in Seattle. All hotel systems were fully operational during the incident.

Due to the late departure, the ship will skip its originally scheduled call on Sitka, and passengers will receive $250 in onboard credit per stateroom, as well as a future cruise discount equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid for the sailing.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Ports and Copy Editor



Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.