Cruise Hive received a response from Viking Cruises and the issue was due to one of the ship propellers. A spokesperson said “. Last night Viking Sea experienced a power issue with one propeller as it was preparing to depart Valletta for Athens. The ship departed Valletta and is currently en route to Athens, but sailing at a slower speed, which will delay its expected arrival. Guests are disembarking in Athens on Sunday, August 14; as a precaution Viking is rebooking guests who had early flights to flights later in the day. Repairs to Viking Sea’s propeller will take place over the weekend; no impact is expected to the next itinerary, which embarks in Athens on August 14.”
Viking Sea, a luxury cruise ship which is operated by Viking Cruises experience a propulsion issue yesterday while calling at La Valletta, Malta.
Cruise Law News is reporting that the luxury cruise ship which only entered service in March experienced a propulsion issue. A passenger who was on the ship told the site they are waiting for a technician to arrive so the ship can set sail. Viking Sea was originally scheduled to depart the port at 6 PM but ended up setting sail at 2 AM on August 12.
Once the ship departed the port it headed straight for the next port of call in Greece where many passengers will be disembarking. It’s not yet known if the vessels arrival will de delayed. Cruise Hive has contacted the cruise line for further details and will update this post once we get a response.
Viking Sea is coming to the end of a 15-day Bergen to Athens cruise which began from Bergen, Norway on July 31. The ship has a passenger capacity of 960 and is the sister to Viking Star.
Just 2 weeks ago Cruise Hive reported on a Thomson vessel which lost power at the same port in Malta. The British based ship was out of power for an hour just as it was near the entrance to the port.