(4:50 pm ET 9/24) According to Princess Cruises, the Royal Princess is currently undergoing maintenance and will be able to sail her next cruise, on 9/27 from Barcelona. Here is the official statement from Princess:
“Today Royal Princess remains in Naples as passengers continue to disembark the ship and travel home. We have appreciated our passengers’ patience and understanding as they’ve waited to receive their onward travel details being arranged by our shore team. Again, we are sincerely sorry for this unexpected disruption to their vacation.
After a technical assessment of the repairs required, we are pleased to report that the next cruise, voyage 1329 departing this Friday, is planned to operate as scheduled from Barcelona. The repairs will be made as the ship sails from Naples to Barcelona.
We look forward to welcoming our passengers onboard Royal Princess on Friday. The ship will depart at 7 pm as scheduled. The next cruise is a 12-day Mediterranean sailing ending in Venice.”
(6:50 am ET 9/23) Princess Cruises has announced that the current sailing of the Royal Princess will be cancelled upon arrival in Naples. In addition to a full refund and a 25% discount on a future cruise, all guests currently sailing aboard the Royal Princess will be flown home later this week. It is expected that guests will remain aboard the Royal Princess until at least Wednesday morning. Engineers will meet the ship in Naples to carry out necessary repairs to return the ship to a normal operating capacity. At this time, it is not known whether the Royal Princess’ next cruise will be delayed.
(5:50 pm ET) Princess Cruises, in a response to a post on their Facebook page, has confirmed that power has been restored aboard the Royal Princess. According to the post, the Royal Princess is currently en-route to Naples, Italy.
(2:00 pm ET ) According to initial reports, Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess has lost power while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea.
The ship was sailing between Mykonos and Naples when the power failure occurred. At this time, it is known that emergency generators are keeping critical guest services, such as toilets, available.
Here is an official statement from Princess Cruises regarding the current situation:
“Today at approximately 1:30 pm local time, Royal Princess experienced a power outage. Power is currently in the process of being restored, and in the meantime an emergency backup generator has been used to provide essential services, such as toilets. The ship is not in any danger, and the Captain has been keeping passengers regularly informed about the situation. The ship is currently on the seventh day of a 12-day Mediterranean cruise that departed Venice on September 15. There are 3,594 passengers and 1,336 crew members onboard.”
Crew members are currently attempting to restore power to the ship. At this time, the Captain of the ship is keeping passengers informed of the situation.