(6 a.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises has said passengers will begin disembarking Royal Princess at 10:30 a.m. local time. (June 19) -- The current Royal Princess cruise and the following cruise, set to depart on June 25, have been cancelled. According to the latest statement from Princess Cruises, a fire that broke out in the ship's engine room on Thursday has caused enough damage that Royal Princess must be moved to a shipyard for repairs. The ship is currently docked in Port Said, Egypt.
Passengers on both the current 12-night Holy Land cruise and the upcoming June 25 cruise will receive the following compensation from Princess:
A full refund of their cruise fares.
A future cruise credit equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid for the canceled June sailings.
Flights home, airport transfers and associated hotel accommodations for all passengers on the current, interrupted sailing.
Passengers currently onboard Royal Princess will be flown home over the weekend.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Royal Princess Cruises Cancelled Due to Engine Room Fire
June 20, 2009