'Absolutely horrific': Cruise ship with 800 passengers stranded off the coast for hours

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

More than 800 passengers were left stranded for hours after a cruise ship suffered a loss of power off the coast of South Australia.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages confirmed their vessel Vasco Da Gama, which arrived from London, suffered a blackout at about 5.45am near Port Adelaide.

The company announced the vessel’s officers initiated a controlled blackout as a precaution against damage to systems onboard.

Power was restored “later in the morning”, the company said. One passenger, named Ian, told radio station 2GB the experience lasted hours and was “absolutely horrific”.

The vessel was stranded for hours, passengers say. Source: Cruise and Maritime Voyages, file.

“We’re drifting. We’ve got no power, no water, no toilets, no cooking, nothing!” he said.

“We’re just completely buggered.”

He said the vessel, which he described as a “ghost ship” was being blown around the St Vincent Gulf by winds.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages confirmed 828 passengers were onboard.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages warned guests booked for the next cruise on the vessel there may be a small delay following the issue.

The vessel has since docked in Adelaide, according to ship tracker website Cruisin.

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