Arctic cruise ship runs into engine trouble off Greenland

Repairs to the Sea Adventurer, the ship formerly known as the Clipper Adventurer, are expected to take two weeks. The vessel was scheduled to arrive in Canada on July 30.

Passengers on former Clipper Adventurer flown home as ship docks awaiting repairs

The MV Clipper Adventurer cruise ship is shown in this Canadian Coast Guard photo from Aug. 29, 2010, the day the ship's passengers were rescued after it was grounded in the Northwest Passage. The ship is now called Sea Adventurer. (Canadian Coast Guard/Canadian Press)

Passengers on a cruise ship run by Arctic Adventures heading to Greenland and then the Canadian Arctic have had their trip cut short because of engine trouble. 

The vessel's secondary engine was having mechanical difficulties off the west coast of Greenland in Ilulissat on Saturday.

Those aboard the Sea Adventurer started their cruise on July 23. The vessel was to arrive in Canada on July 30. 

"The captain has made the call to put the ship into the shipyard for repair in Nuuk, Greenland, in order for the ship to operate and run efficiently and safely for the duration of its Canadian Arctic season," says Alana Faber of Adventure Canada. 

This is not the first time this ship has had problems. It was grounded in 2010 in the Northwest Passage when it sailed as the Clipper Adventurer. 

This time the repairs are expected to take about two weeks so passengers were flown back home. These costs were covered by their travel insurance policies. 

The company is working on finding another vessel for its next voyage scheduled to start on Aug. 2. That date could be pushed back.