Princess' Golden Princess Delays Crossing

May 9, 2005

As a result of rough weather encountered off the southeastern coast of the U.S., Princess Cruises' Golden Princess, slated to depart from New York yesterday for its spring repositioning to Europe, will leave today instead.

The delay was caused by the need to slow the ship down rather than any mechanical problem. As a result, however, the ship, which will need to make up the time in order to arrive in London as planned, will cancel the crossing's scheduled call at Belfast (on May 16).

A Princess Cruises spokeswoman told Cruise Critic that hotel accommodations -- excluding incidentals -- were provided for those folks who'd arrived in New York yesterday. A $100 shipboard credit will be offered to all as compensation for the missed call at Belfast, though it must be said that Princess was under no obligation to provide that as the delay was weather-related. As well, all passengers will receive a pro-rated refund to cover the missed day onboard.

Golden Princess will set sail on its first other-side-of-the-Atlantic cruise -- a 10-night British Isles itinerary -- as scheduled on May 22.