January 4, 2017
(10:30 a.m. EST) -- Viking Sea's January 8 cruise will continue as planned, after successfully undergoing engine repairs that forced the ship to cut short its previous sailing.
The ship experienced a loss of power with one propulsion system December 28, after departing from Barcelona for its 12-night New Year's in the Mediterranean cruise. It was forced to return to Barcelona for emergency repairs.
Passengers onboard the affected sailing were offered the choice to stay on the ship in Barcelona, with shore excursions of the surrounding area, for the duration of their trip, or to return home early with Viking's assistance for necessary flight arrangements.
Viking said a vast majority of passengers chose to remain onboard Viking Sea in Barcelona. Among them were Cruise Critic members, who shared their thoughts on the Viking forum.
"It is a fun week to be stuck in Barcelona," wrote Peregrina651. "The kids are home for school vacation and families are out and about and waiting for the arrival of the 3 Kings. Barcelona is jumping this week and we are gonna enjoy it."
"Viking is organizing excursions to help us explore the region and keep us busy for the next 10 days," added TERRIER1. "I'm about to grab a map and plan some day trips on our own. We're in Barcelona in a five star oceanview hotel, so we'll be fine."
As of January 3, repairs have been completed, and no impact is expected for the next sailing, which departs from Barcelona January 8, the line said in a statement. Viking Sea will remain in Barcelona until then.
--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor