Disabled Costa Allegra Arrives in Seychelles Island


0  Updated at 9:55 am, March 1st, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images(VICTORIA, Seychelles) — After spending four days without power, the more than 1,000 passengers and crew members aboard the Costa Allegra are finally back on land.

The cruise ship arrived in the Seychelles island of Mahe Thursday morning.

The luxury liner went adrift in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire broke out in its engine room.  No one was injured, but the blaze knocked out power to the ship, leaving 636 passengers and 413 crew members stranded in pirate-infested waters.

Those on board faced sweltering heat as the Costa Allegra was slowly towed to shore by a French fishing vessel and two tugboats.  Left without air conditioning, many opted to sleep outside on the ship’s decks.

As passengers disembarked on Thursday, many looked forward to going to their hotel and taking a shower.

Monday’s incident aboard the Allegra was the second emergency situation this year for Costa Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines.  In January, 25 people were killed after the Costa Concordia capsized after hitting rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.  Seven others are still missing and presumed dead.

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