This will probably turn out to be no big deal, but since the crash of the Costa Concordia, there’s more bad news for the Costa Cruise lines:
The Costa Allegra is adrift in the dark more than 200 miles southwest of the Seychelles, near Alphonse Island. Tug boats are on their way to the liner but will not reach it until around 1500 GMT on Tuesday. The ship is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32. Costa Cruises said in a statement that the fire broke out in the electric generators’ room. It did not spread and there were no injuries or casualties. Inspections of the state of the engine room are on-going, the company says.
The liner has sent out a distress signal, Costa Cruises says, and all passengers and crew not involved in fighting the fire assembled at the muster stations.
I suspect that the passengers will have to huddle in the dark for a scary couple of days, but this is the sort of accident that the ship is probably well prepared to handle – I suspect they’ll get either a tow or a repair and be back underway in the next few days.