On Saturday 6 May 2006 at 4 am the starboard engine caught fire 16 miles off Eastbourne while it was carrying 708 people from Tilbury to St Peter Port on Guernsey. The crew put the fire out. The passengers meanwhile sat in the lifeboat, which however did not need to be launched. The fire caused extensive damage to the ship and she was out of action through the early part of the (northern hemisphere) summer cruising season.
The vessel is currently for sale or charter and will be laid up in the winter.