Engine problems stall Baltic cruise just four months into Viking Star’s maiden
Passengers sailing on a Scandinavia and Baltic cruise on board Viking Star have had the remainder of their cruise cancelled due to a mechanical problem.
The 930-passenger ship – the first of three identikit vessels for the company’s brand-new ocean-going fleet – was launched by Viking in April.
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The ship is currently docked in Tallinn where it arrived on day six of its 15-day cruise from Stockholm to Bergen, via the Baltic. Viking said the issue is related to the “electric transformers in one part of the ship’s propulsion system”.
On board Viking Star
“Viking has decided to cancel the remaining portion of this cruise,” said a statement from the cruise line. “This specific mechanical issue is highly unusual and all guests will receive compensation for the inconvenience.”
All guests were offered options for continuing their journey to Bergen or returning home from Tallinn at the line’s expense. While the majority of passengers chose to remain on board Viking Star until Bergen more than 500 guests took flights from Tallinn to Bergen.
The next cruise, scheduled to depart from Bergen on Saturday (August 8), will operate with an amended itinerary. Instead of embarking guests in Bergen Viking Star will now sail to Copenhagen, where guests will embark on August 10. Passengers will arrive in Bergen as planned and will be hosted in a hotel for two nights, and on guided tours, at Viking’s expense. On August 10 they will board a charter flight from Bergen to Copenhagen for embarkation.
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