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ROME — A cruise liner owned by the same company as the Costa Concordia, which ran aground off Italy last month, is cloaked in darkness and adrift in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire in the engine room left it without power.
The fire on the Costa Allegra was quickly extinguished and "there were no injuries or casualties," said Costa Cruises in a statement. However, the ship is stranded about 200 miles southwest of the Seychelles, an area where Somali pirates have been active.
Capt. Giorgio Moretti told reporters during a conference call Monday night from company headquarters in Genoa, Italy, that the fire in the ship's generator room left it without power, knocking out air conditioning and lights.
Moretti says the Allegra, which is carrying more than 1,000 people, is adrift, "and being pushed by currents. It is stable and updright."
The company said the ship is about 20 miles from Alphonse Island,(AKA, Gilligan's island) one of the atolls in the Seychelles, a nation of islands and atolls that is a popular tourist destination.
The general region where the cruise ship was adrift — off the coast of Tanzania — has seen a rash of attacks by Somali pirates, but they have never hijacked a cruise ship.
A Seychelles official said armed guards are on board the cruise ship. She said that is standard practice for cruise ships "these days."

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