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Fire on Fred. Olsen's Black Watch Cruise Ship Forces Cancellation

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 05, 2016

Fire on Fred. Olsen's Black Watch Cruise Ship Forces Cancellation

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Following a fire on the MS Black Watch cruise ship, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced the cancellation of the next scheduled journey for the vessel as repairs are completed.

According to, the damage was caused when a fire broke out in the engine room of the MS Black Watch on July 1, causing the vessel to lose power. The line announced that no passengers or crew members had been injured in the blaze.

The cruise was abandoned in Funchal, Madeira, and the Fred. Olsen Line flew the nearly 700 passengers onboard home via private charter aircrafts Monday. The planes flew the passengers to Stansted and Gatwick airports in London where they were met by a support team which provided assistance to guests.

For the passengers unable to fly, the cruise line made special arraignments. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines also announced that all passengers would receive a full refund, as well as a future cruise voucher of up to 50 percent of the fare paid.

“There has been some cabling damage on board, which is affecting lighting and communications, but all other services are working as normal,” a spokesperson from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said in a statement. “However, the cabling damage has prevented the other two main engines from running, and it is anticipated that the repairs will cause disruption to guests during the recabling. Therefore, we have made the decision — in the best interests of guests’ comfort and enjoyment — to fly them home from Funchal. Our intention is to charter a private aircraft for our guests back to the U.K over the next few days, at Fred. Olsen’s expense.”


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