Fire Cancels Statendam's Next Voyage

August 6, 2002

Holland America's Statendam, ingloriously towed back to shore Sunday as a result of an engine room fire that disabled the ship's electrical system, has not only canceled that cruise -- it only left from Vancouver earlier that day.

To recap, the Statendam departed Vancouver on schedule Sunday evening at 5 p.m. About two-and-a-half hours later, there was a malfunction of one of the ship's five diesel generators. Officers put in a "help" call to Canada's Coast Guard and the ship was ultimately towed the 24 miles back to Vancouver.

Holland America reports there were no injuries and says that "at no time was the ship, its passengers or crew in any danger."

Passengers on the aborted cruise are being offered options that include a
full refund plus 25 percent discount on a future cruise or a certificate for
150 percent off of the value of the cruise fare. The company is assisting
passengers with flight and travel arrangements.