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
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.