Costa Allegra reaches the Seychelles

Costa Allegra reaches the Seychelles

The owner of stricken cruise ship Costa Allegra is organising resort-based Seychelles holidays and flights home for passengers.

The vessel carrying more than 1,000 passengers and crew finally arrived at the Seychelles main port later than expected this morning after three days at sea without power.

A fire in the electrical generating room on Monday left the ship, with 31 British passengers on board, stranded in the Indian Ocean. It was towed by a French fishing vessel at a rate of just 6 knots to the Seychelles.

Costa said 376 out of 627 passengers had accepted an offer to continue their holiday in the Seychelles. The Italian line is to pay for stays in “high quality” hotels in Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette and Cerfs.

The remaining 251 passengers are to be flown out on charter flights this evening. Costa said it had organised more than 600 airline seats and 400 hotel rooms for passengers.

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