September 2, 2016
(Updated October 21, 2016, at 2:22 p.m. EDT) -- An engine fire that broke out on SeaDream I has forced the line to cancel weeks of sailings. The luxury cruise line claims that the October 22 departure should be the last sailing canceled.
The September 1 incident, which took place toward the end of the 110-passenger ship's itinerary, was contained and the fire was promptly extinguished. Passengers and crew, who were evacuated off the coast of Naples, were unharmed.
SeaDream Yacht Club canceled the ship's September 3 sailing for the vessel to receive repairs, and canceled the September 17 cruise due to a delay in the shipment of a necessary part. It has continued to cancel sailings through its October 22 cruise on a week-by-week basis.
According to the line's website, repairs have been completed, and SeaDream I had a successful test sailing earlier this week. However, a faulty piece of electrical equipment has prevented the ship from returning to service. The cruise line is optimistic that the part will be repaired shortly, and states, "We anticipate this to be the last possible obstacle in returning SeaDream I to scheduled service. Our guests and travel agent partners have been remarkably patient and understanding of our situation, and we are grateful for their continued support. We recognize the frustration and inconvenience in having your vacation plans canceled, and will continue to work with our customers to re-accommodate to future sailings."
The cause of the fire has not been revealed. Passengers onboard the original sailing from Dubrovnik were transferred to Rome, where the ship was scheduled to conclude September 3. The line provided hotel accommodations, meals and activities, and passengers flew home Saturday or continued with post-cruise stays, as planned.
--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor; updated by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor