On our return to Southampton in the Queen Victoria, the ship's engine and most of the lights went off at about 2015 hours last night [10 Dec 2008]. Emergency lights, then generator lights came on after 2 or 3 minutes. Eventually the engines got going again. There had been some vibration shortly before the "brown-out" [?] as the captain called it.
Is this a common occurrence??! What would cause this in such a new ship [or an old one come to that]?
It is fortunate that the sea was calm at the time; the previous night we had storm force 8/9 and pretty rough seas.
Anyone got any knowledge out there?