(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