Princess Ship Caught in Storm on Canada Cruise

October 16, 2009
Caribbean Princess, while at sea today en route from Halifax to New York, encountered gale force winds that caused the ship to list.

According to an official statement from the cruise line, there were no passenger injuries and only one minor crew injury; this crewmember has already returned to work. The severity of the list in actual degrees is not yet known.

Cruise Critic member JohnLauben was onboard and shares this post on the Princess forum: "Currently onboard, off the coast of New England. We're in a storm, with gale-force winds up to 70 knots. We listed a bit this morning ... several waiters in the Horizon Court fell, carrying trays of food or other dining supplies. A piano in the Explorer's Lounge slid off the stage, and was [totalled]. The galley and backstage tours were cancelled...."

According to a spokeswoman for the line, staff made advance preparations for the inclement weather (such as clearing dining tables and prep areas in the galley, and securing items in the boutique), therefore onboard damage was minimal. However, she does confirm that a piano in one of the lounges did "release and tip over."

The 113,000-ton, 3,080-passenger ship is currently on a seven-night Canada/New England cruise roundtrip from New York's Brooklyn (Red Hook) cruise terminal. The ship is expected to arrive back in New York tomorrow as scheduled.

--by Melissa Paloti, Managing Editor