Royal Princess Cruise Ship Headed to Piraeus for Repairs

June 22, 2009
Royal Princess Cruise Ship (6 p.m. EDT) -- A fire that broke out in Royal Princess' engine room last week has disabled two of the Princess cruise ship's four engines. A team of technical experts and regulatory authorities has assessed the situation, and the ship will now sail under its own power from Port Said to Piraeus (the port for Athens, Greece) for repairs.

The ship is scheduled to depart Egypt on Wednesday evening, and the 600-mile trip should take two to three days to complete. Arrival at the Hellenic Shipyard, where the work will take place, is therefore estimated for Friday evening or Saturday morning. The repairs will not necessitate that the ship go into dry dock, and all crew will remain onboard.

Princess was forced to cancel the ship's current cruise, and sent 20 Princess Care Team members to Egypt to arrange for transportation to and accommodations in Cairo, as well as flights home, for all onboard passengers. The June 25 cruise has also been cancelled, and the length of repairs will determine the fate of the July 7 departure, which as of now is scheduled to depart as planned.

Stay tuned.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor