June 9, 2017
(6:12 p.m. EDT) -- The September 22 transatlantic sailing of Caribbean Princess has been changed to account for technical issues that are causing the ship to sail at reduced speeds just three months after leaving dry dock.
Cruise Critic member maz48 first broke the news on the Cruise Critic message boards, and member FritzG chimed in after receiving the same letter from Princess stating the following:
"Please be advised that Caribbean Princess has experienced technical difficulties which have resulted in our inability to operate at full speed. This in no way compromises the safety of our guests and crew which is our highest priority; however, our technical experts have determined that it is necessary to make the following changes to our itinerary.
"We will no longer call to Rotterdam, Vigo, or the Azores (Ponta Delgada). Instead, we will now call to Zeebrugge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and to Bermuda (West End), on Wednesday, October 4. In addition, we will now call to Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) on Sunday, September 24 rather than on Monday, September 25, and to Lisbon on Wednesday, September 27 rather than on Thursday, September 28, and call times have been amended.
"As a goodwill gesture, each guest will receive a refundable credit of $100 USD applied to their onboard folio. We regret any disappointment these changes may cause, and look forward to welcoming you aboard Caribbean Princess."
Princess representative Negin Kamali has verified the letter. There is no word yet on when the issue will be fixed, whether sailings between now and September are expected to be affected, or what type of compensation will be offered.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor