Westerdam resumes services after a fire onboard

Holland America’s ms Westerdam has returned to service after a fire broke out in one of the boiler rooms.

The ship was heading from Seattle to Sitka, Alaska when the fire occurred on Saturday.

The fire was quickly extinguished, however, the ship returned to Seattle where she remained overnight to allow local cruise authorities to assess the ship’s safety.

“An assessment was completed and the ship was cleared to sail by both the U.S. Coast Guard and Lloyd’s Register, the classification society for the vessel,” Holland America said in a statement.

“In preparation for sailing, we have taken some additional precautionary repair measures that delayed our departure time longer than anticipated.”

The ship resumed on its Alaska itinerary at 10.15am Sunday morning. The cruise includes visits to Juneau, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia.

Holland America said the 2,086-passengers and 798 crew onboard were unharmed. Guests will receive onboard credit of US$250 per stateroom plus future cruise credit.