October 26, 2016
(October 26, 4:04 p.m.) -- A Princess Cruises spokeswoman provided Cruise Critic with the following update: "Repairs are in progress and the Pacific Princess will sail on its next scheduled cruise from Civitavecchia in Italy this Friday, October 28, after completing repairs to the hull."
(October 17, 10:14 a.m.) -- Pacific Princess' October 16 cruise was canceled. According to members on the Cruise Critic forums, passengers received a refund; Cruise Critic has reached out to Princess for compensation details. The next cruise, scheduled for October 28, is expected to continue as planned.
(October 14, 1:15 p.m. EDT) -- Passengers on Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess are being forced to disembark early from their Mediterrean cruise after the ship hit a breakwater wall entering the port of Nice, causing damage to its port side under the water line.
Pacific Princess was sailing with 382 crew and 669-passengers onboard when the incident happened Friday morning. The ship did not lose electrical power and no injuries occurred. Passengers were able to take part in planned shore excursions, while others remained onboard.
The following cruise, scheduled to depart from Barcelona October 16, also has been canceled.
A statement from the line said: "Princess Cruises can confirm that during arrival at the port of Nice, under normal weather and sea conditions at approximately 6:30 a.m., Pacific Princess experienced an unexpected change in wind conditions and made contact with a breakwater wall. This resulted in damage to the port side of the ship under the water line. The watertight doors were already closed containing the inflow of sea water. The ship is safely alongside the pier."
Divers in Nice are assessing the damage and will determine the amount of time required to complete repairs to the ship, which are expected begin immediately.
The ship, which was 10 days into a 12-day cruise, was scheduled to arrive in Barcelona tomorrow for an overnight stop.
Princess will provide a full refund and future cruise credit for the affected sailing. It also will cover transportation and accommodations for passengers through October 16, when the cruise was originally scheduled to conclude.
--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.; Updated by Gina Kramer, Associate Editor