Viking Star - Stuck in TallinnThe Viking Star cruise ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises is stuck in port in Tallinn, Estonia. 

A person contacted us and wishes to keep her name anonymous.

The cruise ship lost power in an engine three days ago. Passengers are reportedly getting restless. Some of them are complaining that their 14 day cruise has been delayed and they have missed ports of call in Germany and Poland.

The crew and guests have not been told anything specific about what the problem is, only that the ship is "waiting for a part to arrive." The ship will remain in Tallinn until at least August 4th, although the passengers have reportedly been told that they can get off of the cruise ship and end their cruise vacation.  I have not been told what type of financial restitution has been offered, if any, by the cruise line.

The Viking Star is a new ship which has been in service since April of this year. It is an embarassment to sustain a major engine problem so soon. It was built at the Fincantieri shipyard. It has a capacity of 930 passengers and 600 crew.

We received a photo of the Viking Star in port in Tallinn, photographed in front of a Celebrity ship. 

August 2, 2015 Update: Cruise cancelled.  Read the comments from passengers on the cruise ship. 

Local newspapers are reporting on the cruise cancellation.  A newspaper in Estonia mentioned the incident as well as a nerwspaper in Bergens (Norway). 

 

If you have information regarding this incident, please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

This morning we received an email from a reader of our blog:

"Saga Sapphire. Did you know it has broken down again today off the west coast of Scotland on its six day cruise around the uk. Been there since 1030hrs this morning 16 May." 

Saga released the following statement via Twitter:

"There was a small electrical fire in the engine room on the Saga Sapphire at 10am on 16th May. This was quickly and professionally dealt with by the crew. The ship is currently anchored, in fine weather, off the Isle of Mull whilst the damaged electrical panel is repaired and tested. Our priority is always to make sure our passengers and crew are safe and well."

The cruise ship knocked out the ship’s power supply. 

@eliseislost posted on Twitter: "my grandparents are stuck on a cruise ship because of an electrical fire off the coast of scotland amazing."

We have reported on lots of prior problems with this old ship. Read: More Problems for the Problem Prone Saga Sapphire – It’s a Smoker! 

Below is a photo of the Saga Sapphire from a cruise passenger we posted in August 2012.

Anyone with information regarding this latest problem please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Saga Sapphire 

Carnival Triumph LawsuitLawsuits continue to be filed against Carnival arising out of the fire-disabled Triumph cruise ship.

Passengers were subjected to disgusting conditions due to overflowing toilets and a lack of air-conditioning. We made a decision not to be involved in any lawsuits against Carnival in this case. Yes, many people were inconvenienced but most sustained no physical injury and certainly nothing permanent. Read our article: Carnival Triumph Cruise From Hell: Here Come the Lawsuits!  

Carnival offered a full discount, a future cruise credit, a waiver of charges for onboard purchases amd $500.  Crew members received nothing.

A copy of the lawsuit is below. It should make for interesting reading to scroll through the lawsuit and see the particular complaints made by these 17 passengers who decided to file suit in federal court in Dallas Texas.

The Carnival passenger ticket requires that all disputes like this must be filed in federal court in Miami.