March 1st, 2012
06:32 AM ET

Disabled cruise ship reaches Seychelles

A disabled Italian cruise ship, the Costa Allegra, reached port in the Seychelles Thursday.

The Allegra lost power in the Indian Ocean Monday due to a fire in the engine room. It had 636 passengers on board and a crew of 413, according to Costa Cruises. Most of the passengers are from Europe, but eight are from the United States and 13 are from Canada.

Safe on land, passenger Mari-Anne Thon described her alarm when the fire broke out.

"It was extremely black smoke so we knew what was going to happen," she said, briefly choking up before continuing: "So they sounded the alarm and we went out to our room to get our life jackets and then we went up to the muster station. We all were standing there quite a while."

The ship departed from Diego Suarez, Madagascar, on Saturday and was originally scheduled to arrive in the Seychelles Tuesday.

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  1. banasy©

    Carnival is REALLY taking it on the chin lately...

    Glad eveyone is okay this time....

    March 1, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Seychelles is supposed to be nice. I want to go there one day. Maybe these passengers will have a chance to relax and unwind there. I'm going to take a guess that passenger Mari-Anne Thon's nickname is the Big Tuna.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jj

    Good lord. Another one?!!! I've always wanted to take a cruise without havin to work my ass off on it! (navy). With this kinda track record I don't think it's gonna happen

    March 1, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |