Royal Princess Cruise Ship Returns to Dry Dock Before June Launch

May 22, 2013
(2:18 p.m. EDT) -- Just weeks from its official debut, Royal Princess is returning to dry dock in Monfalcone, Italy, for several days to repair two damaged air conditioning compressor units.

According to Princess Cruises, air conditioning compressors aboard the 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger ship suffered internal damage as a result of mal-operation and need to be replaced. The cruise line doesn't expect the repairs to delay the ship's naming ceremony, scheduled to take place Thursday, June 13.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Lorraine Sadowski told Cruise Critic, "In order to secure a smooth and faultless operation in service of the ship's air conditioning compressors, the shipbuilder has decided to replace the two damaged units with completely new ones."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will name the ship at the ceremony in Southampton. Royal Princess will debut with 12-night cruises out of Barcelona and Venice that will take place throughout the summer. A sister ship, Regal Princess, arrives in spring 2014.

--Gina Kramer, Associate Editor