Caribbean Princess Suffers Engine Failure In Irish Sea

Princess Cruises 112,900 GT Caribbean Princess was left without engine power this morning in the Irish Sea. 

The ship lost power at approximately 7:30 a.m. en-route to Dublin, where it was due to dock at 11:30 a.m. The ship quickly slowed from 12 knots, to just 3 knots, as the ship lost propulsion 25 nautical miles off the coast of Dublin. The ship was without power for around 9 hours.

“Caribbean Princess lost propulsion approximately 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin in the Irish Sea. The ship has electrical power and is operating full ship/hotel services, including air conditioning, galleys, lighting & toilets. All guests and crew are safe and secure. The cause is unknown at this time and is being assessed by our Fleet Technical experts, working in collaboration with the Captain and Chief Engineer aboard the ship,” said Princess Cruises in a statement. “The call to Dublin has been cancelled. Guests who booked shore excursions through Princess will automatically receive a refund to their shipboard hotel folio.”

A tug boat and helicopter headed to the ship from Anglesey, bringing additional resources to assist in restoring power. The ship is now sailing to Belfast, the next scheduled port on the itinerary.

The Southampton-based cruise ship is on a 12-day British Isles cruise that departed on July 31, with 4,464 passengers and crew aboard.



  1. Since when does the Caribbean Princess accommodate 4464 passengers. Normal complement is just over 3100. Is the author including ship’s crew?

  2. I was on the Caribbean Princess in the Caribbean a few years ago when the short speed propeller broke on the first night of the cruise. The 14-day trip had to be cancelled and the ship put in drydock for a few months. This ship has always had engine problems. The line has tried to fix them – but has never really isolated the problem. This ship is the cursed one of Princess’s 18 ships. Be wary of the Caribbean Princess.
    I will say that after my cruise was cancelled – Princess gave me a full refund and 80% credit toward the next cruise of my choice – they did well by their passengers; however, Americans don’t have much vacation time – so the cancellation was a hardship for most

  3. We did a Norway, Iceland and Cross Atlantic trip last year on her and she engine problems then as well. We were forewarned and there was no port call but slowing and stopping in the Atlantic when you cannot see another ship could have been a tad worrying. Apparently they had engine balancing issues

    • I was on board for that crossing, and there was no engine problem. However one port was cancelled due to weather conditions. We had one sea day more and went straight to Halifax I think.

  4. These ongoing engine problems should have been addressed by the marine surveyors conducting the annual surveys of the vessel.


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