So today we have two news stories packed all into one blog post, so off we go!
Propulsion Trouble on Caribbean Princess.
On Sunday, March 11th the Caribbean Princess departed its home port, San Juan on a 7 night southern Caribbean itinerary. Her arrival into St. Maarten was delayed for several hours due to a propulsion problem and ended up staying in port overnight while trying to fix the problem with the propulsion system.
Last night the captain of the Caribbean Princess sent a letter to all passenger saying, “we will return tonight to San Juan to wait for additional parts and make the necessary repairs. We will arrive [Wednesday] midday in San Juan and all passengers will be able to stay onboard through Sunday and then resume your plans to return home. For those passengers continuing on through March 18 we will provide you with an update late tomorrow as to the full impact on our next voyage.”
Princess has also now said that the current voyage’s passengers will be given full refunds along with future cruise credits.
MARCH 15TH UPDATE: Princess Cruises has now cancelled Caribbean Princess’ March 18th and March 25th cruises so that the ship can receive the necessary repairs to its propulsion system. Passengers on these two affected sailings will receive a full refund along with a 25% off future cruise credit. The repairs will be completed in time for her April 1st sailing.
Norwegian Breakaway Introduces New Spaces.
Today, Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled 2 new spaces that will be aboard their brand new ship, Norwegian Breakaway.
The Waterfront, a new open air promenade area will feature an array of restaurants both new and old to NCL including: a Brazilian eatery called Moderno Churrascaria, NCL’s famous Cagney’s Steakhouse, the Italian trattoria La Cucina, Shaker’s Cocktail Bar, Malting’s Beer & Whiskey Bar and two new additions, Ocean Blu which will be serving sea food, and a gelato bar. All of these restaurants will offer both outdoor seating and indoor seating.
678 Ocean Place, is the name of Norwegian Breakaway’s atrium featuring many favorite restaurants, bars, and other amenities from the Norwegian Epic including a huge casino, the Manhattan Room which is a dining and dancing venue, Shanghai’s Noodle Bar, O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, and Bliss Ultra Lounge. All of these restaurants, bars, and lounges will be positioned around the center atrium which will make it one of the most lively areas on the ship.
Norwegian said that they will announce other dining venues, lounges, and bars in April.