The owner of Viking Sky has announced the decision to support investigations into how the ship lost power whilst sailing through bad weather off the Norwegian coast.
A total of 915 passengers and 458 crew were onboard when it suffered engine failure between Tromso and Stavanger last weekend.
Viking Sky managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay where roughly half the passengers were airlifted to safety.
A total of 20 people were injured as a fleet of helicopters was deployed to rescue passengers.
The next sailing, a Scandinavia and Kiel Canal itinerary, was due to embark tomorrow but has been cancelled.
The majority of our guests have disembarked or are in the process of leaving the vessel and are travelling back to their homes.
We will continue to follow up with them to ensure their needs are covered.
We have already begun our own internal investigation and our goal is to establish a complete and thorough understanding of what happened, and we welcome the investigations that have been launched, and will fully support them.
Viking Ocean Cruises will not have any further comments until the investigations have been completed.”
Company founder and chairman Torstein Hagen said: “The past few days have been stressful and hectic for both guests and crew alike.
I would like to personally apologise for what our guests experienced.
I would also like to say how impressed and grateful I am for the efforts of the national rescue services, rescue personnel, local authorities and the people along the Møre coast, and thank them for the concern and generosity they have shown our guests.
I would also like to express my thanks to the crew on board the Viking Sky for their efforts and dedication.”
After the evacuation, Viking encouraged guests due to sail with the line to log into their account on the official website to check the details of their voyage.
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