Fatal Ship Fire Alters Historic World Cruise

Oceania Cruises has canceled a significant portion of what was to be an historic, 180-day around the world cruise, while the 684-passenger Insignia undergoes repairs in San Juan. The ship was the scene of a fatal engine room fire earlier this month, reports USA Today.

“We finished our initial repair assessment for Insignia and expect the ship will remain in San Juan for an estimated nine weeks to complete the required work,” the line tells USA TODAY in a statement. “Due to the fact repair time is longer than we anticipated, we regrettably must modify our Around the World cruise and alter three Grand Voyages aboard Insignia.”

The world cruise, which was to embark Miami on January 10, will now begin in modified form in Singapore on March 22, the line said. Fares for the cruise began at $41,999.

The Grand Voyages were sold as 90- to 128-day segments of the world itinerary.

Guests on the modified itineraries can choose to continue with the sailing and receive a full refund for the canceled cruise days, along with a 25% future cruise credit. For those continuing with their cruise, the line said it would provide complimentary business class airfare to Singapore and a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay.

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