Sunday, 2 November 2014

Cruise ship Marco Polo runs aground

Marco Polo

Cruise ship Marco Polo ran aground in soft mud off the Norwegian port of Leknes yesterday. No damage was caused, and passengers were taken ashore by tender for their scheduled excursions.

The ship was later re-floated and continued on its 14-night voyage in search of the Northern Lights.

Operators Cruise & Maritime Voyages said: "There has been no oil pollution arising out of the incident and none of the 763 mainly British passengers or crew have been injured. 

"Passengers wishing to go ashore were transferred by tender and the local tour programme continued as scheduled.”

On the other side of the Atlantic, Bahamas Celebration – a ship which operates 2-night  cruises from Florida – is out of service after being holed by an unidentified object.

Passengers were ordered to wear life jackets but they remained on the vessel until it returned to Freeport on Friday night.