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.