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Storm-hit cruise ship sails again
Voyager cruise ship (pic: V Ships)
The ship was battered by 10-metre waves
A cruise liner damaged by a storm near Majorca will now sail to Sardinia after the crew restored power to two of its four engines, the ship's owners say.

A statement from V Ships of Monaco said some passengers had minor injuries and were being treated on board. The Voyager is carrying 776 people.

Most of the 480 passengers are Spanish. The ship was sailing from Tunis to Barcelona when the storm struck.

A giant wave smashed a bridge window, knocking out the control systems.

Rescue mission

V Ships said none of those injured had life-threatening conditions.

The ship is expected to dock in Cagliari, Sardinia, early on Tuesday.

All the Voyager's messages are being relayed via a liquefied gas tanker, the Gimmi, which had answered its distress call.

The Voyager was hit by the storm about 100 km (60 miles) off Palma, Majorca, at about 0800 GMT on Monday.

The distress call triggered a French-led rescue to reach the Voyager.

Two tugs - one Spanish and one French - were despatched to the scene, along with several aircraft.

The ship is chartered to the Barcelona cruise firm Iberojet, V Ships said.

The ship, registered in the Bahamas and owned by Horizon Navigation, was built in 2000.

Are you on the Voyager? Have you been affected by issues covered in this story?

Your comments:

Seeing so many of this sort of ship going through our canal, I had no idea that they could become so storm tossed. Thank goodness for the professional abilities of the whole crew as they handled the situation with a calmness which we found most reassuring.
Boz Texino, Panama, Panama

Plates and bottles went everywhere when the ship was brushed by the waves. The deck master said everything would be fine. I thought "I don't care" I wanted out of there. It felt as though the ship was jumping and pitching. The deck master was almost thrown to the floor. We were almost victims of the blue sea.
Jim C. Korn, Halifax, Canada

I was laying in my bed sleeping off the excesses of the night before watching the cabaret dancers and downing pints of Cinzano when the whole ship lurched to the left sharply. I dashed into the corridor and found fire-extinguishers dislodged from their mountings rolling alarmingly down the corridors. The Captain came over the intercom and quickly reassured everyone, but it was many hours before we were on our way again. The cabaret dancers entertained both customers and crew throughout the day though and Cinzano supplies were not effected!!
Mark Dowle, Abingdon, UK

My friend has called me from the ship. He has informed me that the staff are very "up to the task" of handling this disastrous situation and that they are advising the passengers of any increased danger faced while on board. They are also being very hospitable and making sure everyone has enough to eat, drink, etc.
Rafael Pero Angles, Madrid, Spain

I woke up and the storm had encircled the liner - it was terrifying, with waves as big as houses smashing into the side of the boat. Nature at its most devilish.
Charles Rofe, Swindon, England

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