Friday, June 19, 2009

Royal Princess Returns to Port after Fire

Updated 4pm
Royal Princess returned to Port Said (Egypt) this morning under tow from an Egyptian tug. Reports from the ship say they now have air conditioning and enough electricity to run the toilets in the cabins.

The ship experienced a fire in the engine room Thursday evening as it was sailing from Port Said, and spent an uncomfortable night anchored 5 miles offshore operating on emergency power, with many passengers sleeping on deck due to the lack of air conditioning.

From the reports we are hearing and the photos we posted earlier, people seem very appreciative of the lengths to which the Princess crew members are going to, to make them as comfortable as possible under the circumstances.

Princess has decided to cancel the rest of the current cruise and the June 25 sailing, saying the vessel needs to go to a shipyard for repair. Passengers will be returning home over the weekend.

Princess will provide a full refund for passengers on both sailings and a future cruise credit of 25% of the cruise fare they paid.

The story is still developing. Today's updates will be placed in this blog item. Details will be in this evening's edition of Cruise News Daily.

Please see this item for earlier reports and photos from yesterday.