Update, 1:24 a.m. EDT -- A Princess spokeswoman confirms that power was out on Royal Princess for approximately 3.5 hours. An investigation into the outage is underway, but the cause has not yet been determined; however, other problems on the ship (plumbing, etc.) are unrelated. The itinerary will be impacted, with passengers receiving details in the morning; we will update you when we hear more information.
(6:40 p.m. EDT) --
Princess Cruises' newest cruise ship, Royal Princess, lost power for several hours midway through a 12-night Mediterranean cruise. Emergency generators supplied power for essential services, such as toilets, during the outage, and full power has since been restored.
The loss of power occurred as the ship was en route from Mykonos to Naples, at 1:30 p.m. local time, reports Cruise Currents. The captain kept passengers informed of the situation over the course of the afternoon, and at no time was the ship in any danger. Cruise Critic member funnyfingers heard from family members onboard that "they were without power for 4.5 hours and had to cancel the Naples stop." However, an official statement from the cruise line reports the ship is still en route to Naples.
A Princess Facebook fan posted on Princess' page today that "the ship has had many other problems in the past eight days, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, and last night we were delayed leaving Mykonos for over four hours because they couldn't get the anchor up." Princess Cruises apologized for the "challenging experience" and affirmed that passenger safety is the line's priority.
We have reached out to a Princess representative to determine if Royal Princess' outage has caused an itinerary change or not and if crewmembers have discovered the cause of the power loss. We'll keep you posted.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor