AuroraA fire reportedly broke out in the engine room of the Aurora this morning, causing the P&O cruise ship to lose its electricity and its propulsion. 

The fire was extinguished after approximately an hour, following which emergency generators were eventually started.

At the time of the fire, the Aurora was in the mid-Atlantic sailing for the Azores. 

There has been no official statement from the cruise line; the details of the fire are admittedly sketchy. There are a few comments about the fire on the Cruise Critic message board

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September 21, 2017 Update: P&O Cruises released a statement: 

"Aurora suffered a temporary power failure yesterday which is being investigated. All guests and crew are safe and the ship immediately ran on back up generators. All services are running as normal on board.

Aurora is on a 30 night North America & Canada which departed Southampton on August 27, 2017 and is currently en route to the Azores. The ship is due to return to Southampton on September 26, 2017. The onward itinerary is unaffected."

Photo credit: MacdonaldAndy – CC BY 4.0; commons / wikimedia.

  • Marian Blackmore.

    I am due to sail on this ship next Tuesday 26th Sept.As the above comment says,it is rather sketchy.I would appreciate your comments please,and any information update please.
    Many thanks.
    Marian Blackmore.

  • darryl pickering

    My brother and his wife are due to board aurora on the 26-9-2017 at Southampton and are now concerned their cruise will be delayed or even worse,cancelled
    Could you clarify please as to if there will be any delays or alterations to the cruise schedule
    Darryl pickering

  • Margaret May

    My husband and I are sailing to Zeebrugge on this ship on 20 October 2017. Will the ship be seaworthy by this date?

  • Baggy

    I was on the Aurora when the fire broke out ,frightening ,but when we received the Captains Log on last day No mention of the Emergency situation ?

  • June Boobyer

    My husband and I were on Aurora on 20th September when the alarm was raised due to a fire in the engine room. All passengers were requested to return to their cabins and crew to muster stations. Electricity was not available but emergency lighting came on. The Captain very quickly reported that the fire was a small one and was being dealt with. Shortly afterwards he announced that the fire had been extinguished and electricity would be restored as soon as possible and it was. From the moment the ship slowed down when the fire was discovered at approx 11.45 until we were under way again at about 14.15 we were kept informed regularly by the Captain. Although lunch was delayed, hot food was available once power was restored. Well done to all crew concerned and thank you Captain for keeping us informed every step of the way.