- Propulsion loss stops port call to Dublin
- Caribbean Princess headed for Belfast
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Caribbean Princess was forced to skip a scheduled port call to Dublin after losing propulsion at approximately 7am local time.
The ship was about 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin in the Irish Sea when it lost propulsion.
Caribbean Princess, which was on day three of a 12-day cruise, is en route to Belfast, the next scheduled port of call on the itinerary. Princess has sent technical and electrical engineering experts to meet the ship.
Though propulsion was lost, at no time was the ship without electrical power and has been operating with full ship/hotel services, including air conditioning, galleys, lighting and toilets.
The ship’s Chief Engineer, in collaboration with Princess’ Fleet Technical team restored propulsion, which the line said was due to “a glitch in the electrical system in the engine room.” However, due to the amount of time the ship was without propulsion it had to forgo its visit to Dublin. Passengers who booked shore excursions through Princess are being refunded. Caribbean Princess, which has a capaacity of 3,142 passengers and 1,200 crew, is one of 22 cruise ships scheduled to call to Dublin during August. Pacific Princess, the ship made famous by The Love Boat TV series, is the next due to call on Friday August 5.
Princess Cruise lines says that any further impact on the remainder of the itinerary is not yet known.
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