Last night, the Caribbean Princess returned to the Port of Houston, cutting short her current sailing by one day. The ship wasn’t due back in the port until Saturday, the 1st, but returned early to avoid heavy fog, which will most likely shut the port down tomorrow morning.
Passengers were disembarked this past evening and will be accommodated for the additional day spent in Houston. Princess has stated the early arrival was to avoid an arrival and departure delay tomorrow as the ship turned around for the next sailing. The early arriving guests will receive a 20% discount on a future cruise and were provided with onboard credit during the sailing.
While unrelated to the ship’s early arrival, Princess has also confirmed 173 passengers and crew had reported norovirus related symptoms during the sailing. Today, CDC officials will board the Caribbean Princess to conduct an epidemiologic investigation, environmental health assessment, and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.
The Caribbean Princess is scheduled to set sail from the Port of Houston on February 1st.