Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said an engine-room fire on the Boudicca resulted in no injuries to crew and passengers, but that the ship was sailing to the Canary Islands at a slower speed than normal.

The U.K.-based cruise line said the fire occurred at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, while the ship was sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco. The fire was contained within the engine room, Fred Olsen said.

There are 784 passengers and 356 crew members aboard the Boudicca, which is due to arrive in Arrecife, Lanzarote, on Monday. The Boudicca is on an 18-day Cape Verde-Canary Islands cruise that left England on Jan. 20.

Fred Olsen said guests were never asked to don their life jackets and head to muster stations.

“Services are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities on board, both inside and out on deck,” the cruise line said.

Fred Olsen said it is assessing the damage to the ship’s two main engines and electrical cables, and will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call. It will also review the cruise’s itinerary and determine what changes must be made.


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