Princess Cruises said today repairs on the propulsion system of Caribbean Princess will necessitate the cancellation of two additional sailings, March 18 and March 25, 2012.
Caribbean Princess experienced problems with the port propulsion motor during the current cruise and returned to San Juan for repairs. Technical experts joined the ship in St. Maarten, and additional technicians met the ship in San Juan on Wednesday to begin repairs. It was anticipated that the repairs could be completed in time for the March 18 sailing, but after additional review, it was determined that damage was more extensive than originally believed.
Hotel operations are not affected. Passengers from the current cruise may remain aboard the ship until Sunday, if they wish, so they can return home on their scheduled flights.
Passengers on all three sailings are being given a full refund of their cruise fare and taxes along with a future cruise credit in the amount of 25% of the fare they paid.
Passengers on the March 18 & 25 sailings are also being refunded their air fare and any transfers or hotel packages purchased. Princess will reimburse passengers who purchased air fare separately for any change fees they pay when rescheduling their flights.
The next scheduled sailing of Caribbean Princess is now April 1, 2012.