Viking Star cruise cancelled due to engine problems

Viking Star cruise cancelled due to engine problems

A cruise by new ship Viking Star has been cancelled after the vessel suffered engine problems in Tallinn, Estonia.

The 930-passenger vessel entered service in April as the first of a series of ocean-going ships by Viking Cruises.

Repairs were due to be carried out over the weekend but the remainder of the current cruise has been cancelled after the ship was stuck in the Baltic port.

"Viking Star experienced a mechanical issue while sailing its Viking Homelands itinerary and is currently docked in Tallinn,” the company said in a statement issued in the US over the weekend.

“The mechanical issue is related to the electric transformers in one part of the ship’s propulsion system. Engineers are working onboard, but because repairs are expected to continue through the weekend, Viking has decided to cancel the remaining portion of this cruise.

"All guests onboard were informed earlier today and have been offered options for continuing their journey to Bergen or returning home from Tallinn at Viking’s expense."

The line added: “This specific mechanical issue is highly unusual, and all guests will receive compensation for the inconvenience.

“At this point in time no decision has been made regarding the upcoming sailing schedule, but should there need to be any itinerary modifications, Viking customer relations will be in direct contact with all affected guests.”

Viking Star's next cruise is due to depart from Bergen to Barcelona on Saturday.


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