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Westerdam resumes Alaska cruise after fire delay

Westerdam passengers enjoy Glacier Bay, July 2012
Westerdam passengers enjoy Glacier Bay, July 2012
Lisa R. Plotnick and

The Holland America Line ship ms Westerdam is on its way to Alaska after being sidelined overnight as a precautionary measure after a small fire in its boiler room. ABC News reported that the ship departed its home port of Seattle, Washington at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, some 17 hours after returning to Seattle for inspection. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and international maritime consulting company Lloyd’s Register cleared the ship for travel on Sunday morning.

According to Q13 Fox News, a fire broke out in the ship’s boiler room just one hour into a seven-night cruise on the afternoon of Saturday, June 28. The fire was extinguished by crew and the ship returned to Seattle's Pier 91 under her own power.

As a result of the delay, Westerdam will not make its scheduled call on Sitka, Alaska. Holland America Line has offered compensation in the form of a shipboard credit of $250 per cabin. Westerdam will visit its other scheduled ports of call – Juneau, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia – before returning to Seattle on Saturday, July 5.

Holland America Line previously reported in a statement that all of the 2,086 passengers and 798 crew members were safe and remained onboard the vessel and that shipboard services were operating normally. The cruise line’s statement read, in part, "Out of an abundance of caution and in coordination with the United States Coast Guard the ship has returned to Seattle. The ship is fully operational and there has been no impact on guest services. It is anticipated that the ship will depart again once the assessments are competed and continue her voyage to Alaska."

Westerdam debuted in 2004 and measures 82,348 gross tons and 936 feet long. She has a passenger capacity of 1,916 double-occupancy and 2,504 with all berths filled.