The cruise ship Viking Sea suffered engine problem and interrupted the voyage from Barcelona to Toulon. The vessel lost one of the main engines, but was pushed to return Barcelona by half speed and docked for repairs. After inspection it was estimated that the cruise ship will be out of service for more than a week, due to needed special repairs and spare parts. The passengers were offered to stay on board until January 8, when is expected to restart the cruise, or catch flights home and receiving compensation for the failed cruise. The passengers were offered to have sightseeing tours and other entertainment in Barcelona, assisting with excursions. It is not clear that exactly caused the failure of the propulsion system of Viking Sea, but ship was not in danger during the cruise, having one working shaft propeller and half speed.
The local authorities ordered special survey and safety inspection of the vessel during the repair works.
The guests can leave the ship and catch earlier flights home although many seem inclined to enjoy their unexpected time in Barcelona. There is no official information if the future cruises will be affected by the engine problem and what will be the compensation for the passengers.
The cruise ship Viking Sea (IMO: 9725421) has overall length of 227.20 m, moulded beam of 28.80 m and maximum draft of 6.30 m. The vessel has 14 decks and capacity for 930 passengers with 550 crew. The deadweight of the cruise ship is 3,640 DWT and the gross tonnage is 47,800 GRT. The vessel was built in 2015 by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and operated by Viking Ocean Cruises.