Fire Strands Small Cruise Ship In North Atlantic

Saga Cruise’s Saga Sapphire, the former Europa for Hapag Llyod Cruises, suffered an electrical fire earlier this weekend, which ultimately left the ship without power in the North Atlantic for a number of hours.

Reports state the fire broke out around 10 am in the ship’s main engine room, and was extinguished quickly by the ship’s fire squad and a number of teams from the local coast guard. While the fire was eventually contained, electrical power was knocked out and left the ship stranded without power. The ship’s command made the decision to release their anchor and remain in their current position until necessary repairs could be made.

According to a recent statement by Saga Cruise’s, the Saga Sapphire has undergone the necessary repairs to her electrical system and has resumed her scheduled sailing. The Saga Sapphire, as of late afternoon on May 17th is sailing off the west coast of Wales towards her homeport of Dover.

There are no reports of injuries from any passengers or crew aboard.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.