Peter Deilmann announced today that repair work for Deutschland will take 30 days, longer than anticipated. As a result, additional cruises have been canceled. These are numbers 343, 344, and 345. No information is given regarding refund policies. The first cruise will depart from Hamburg on July 3. Deilmann does reveal that the cost of the fire was 2 million euros.
Deutschland was towed to a shipyard in Germany for repairs after a blaze broke out in the ship's engine room last week, forcing the evacuation of more than 600 passengers and crewmembers in Norway.
The line had already canceled its May 25, 13-day, Hamburg-to-Hamburg sailing, and those booked on the voyage have the option of either requesting a full refund or sailing on a 16-night Europe itinerary from September 10-26, 2010, at no additional cost.
Those whose sailing was interrupted due to the fire will receive a 50 percent discount on their next Deutschland booking.
This incident follows on the heels of Deilmann's decision to shut down its river cruising operations at the beginning of this year. The line's eight river ships finished out the 2009 season as normal but have been dry-docked since January as part of the company's bankruptcy proceedings.
The last ship blaze to result in the evacuation of passengers and cancellation of sailings happened onboard Royal Princess last July when two of four engines caught fire in the vessel's machine room.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
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