Today, I received a message that the Viking Sea was in Barcelona, Spain waiting for repairs to fix an unidentified engine problem.
I received this message: “Don’t know have you been informed about Viking Sea being stuck in Barcelona for more than 10 days, while all guests were disembark, almost same thing like Star last year in Talin . . . ”
Online AIS shows the Viking ship at the port in Barcelona today after leaving the port of Barcelona last night heading (apparently toward its next port of call, Toulon) but then turning around and sailing back to Barcelona.
Viking has informed its guests that they are free to stay on the cruise ship until January 8, 2017. The company is apparently assisting the passengers with excursions. The guests can leave the ship and catch earlier flights home although many seem inclined to enjoy their unexpected time in Barcelona.
In August of this year, the Viking Sea lost power in Malta.
In August of 2015, the Viking Star lost power in an engine after leaving Tallinn and resulted in the cancellation of the cruise.
There is no indication whether future cruises will be affected nor is there any word regarding compensation to guests for the canceled cruise.