Princess Cruises’ 112,900 gross tonne Caribbean Princess lost power this morning in the Irish Sea whilst on route to Dublin.
The ship was reportedly left without engine power for around 9 hours, 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin, where it was due to dock at 11:30.
“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 for the ship from Anglesey and brought additional resources to the ship to assist with gaining power back. Caribbean Princess is now on route to Belfast with 4,464 passengers and crew aboard. Belfast is the next scheduled port of call on the 12-day British Isles cruise itinerary.