Update: Princess Cruises has canceled the next 2 sailings on the Caribbean Princess (March 18 and 25, 2012) so repairs can be made to the ship. Passengers who are currently on the ship and scheduled to do B2B cruises will have their change in airfare covered by the cruise line.
Princess Cruise Lines has reported that the cruise ship, the Caribbean Princess, will return back to San Juan on Wednesday night due to propulsion issues. San Juan, Puerto Rico is the ship’s home port and plans to repair the ship will be made there.
After the ship arrives back in San Juan, passengers will be allowed to stay on the ship until Sunday, when the cruise is scheduled to end. Princess plans on assessing the situation after the ship returns before making any changes to the next scheduled cruise on March 18. A decision will be made on Thursday detailing any changes that will be made, if any, to the March 18 cruise..
Passengers on the Caribbean Princess will receive full refunds on their cruise fare and credits good for future cruises.
Shannon, a passenger on this voyage, told Cruise Fever “I’m pretty contempt with getting a full refund for the cruise plus credit for the next. I even get to stay on board, eat as much as I want, swim all day and enjoy the beautiful weather. I am quite comfortable just docked here, lounging. Things could’ve been much worse. We should all be grateful that we weren’t stranded out at sea.”
The ship began to have problems while on the way to the first port of call and arrived in St. Maarten more than 4 hours late. The ship stayed overnight while the ship mechanics tried to fix the problem. The decision was made for the ship to head back to San Juan where the parts needed to fix the problem are available.
Several passengers who were on recent voyages on the same cruise ship have stated that the ship had propulsion problems just a few weeks earlier. A spokesman for Princess denied these “rumors” even though the ship was docked for several extra hours one day.
The 3,080 passenger cruise ship was on a 7 night cruise out of San Juan, Puerto Rico stopping in ports St Maarten, St Thomas, U.S.V.I., Tortola, B.V.I., Dominca, and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Princess Cruises is owned and operated by Carnival Corp.
Cruise Fever will continue to bring you the latest news on the Caribbean Princess as more information becomes available.