Fire on ROYAL PRINCESS cancels cruise

Jun 22, 2009

A fire broke out in the engine room of the Princess Cruises’ cruise ship ROYAL PRINCESS last Thursday, shortly after the 30,277-gt, 2001-built ship sailed from Port Said in Egypt.

The ship is carrying 733 passengers and has a crew of 393 and was in the midst of a 12-night cruise in the eastern Mediterranean, having sailed from Rome to Athens. From Port Said her next port of call was Ashdod in Israel for excursions to Jerusalem.

Passengers were mustered and fire teams deployed, said a Princess Cruise spokesman. There were no reports of any injuries and passengers later returned to their staterooms and cabins.

The ship went to anchor off Port Said and was due to re-enter the port yesterday (Sunday). The ship was able to provide essential services using emergency power.

Princess Cruises said that after an assessment of the damage it turned out the damage was more extensive than originally thought and that the ship will have to go to a shipyard for necessary repairs.

“We regret that the remainder of the current cruise and the following cruise departing 25 June must be cancelled. We understand that this is a disappointing development, and we sincerely apologise to our passengers for the disruption to their vacation.”

Princess Cruises said it would be providing the affected passengers on both voyages with a full refund of their fare, plus a future cruise credit equal to 25% of the cruise fare paid for these sailings.

“We are currently securing flights home for all passengers currently onboard Royal Princess and they will be returning home over the weekend,” the company said on Friday.

Passengers' homeward flights, transfers and associated hotel accommodations were to be at Princess' expense.



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