The Princess Cruise Lines ship Crown Princess is in New York today picking up passengers for its next cruise. It has been cleared to sail, but there is no official word on the cause of the accident yet. This unconfirmed story says the cause of the accident may be human error.
Here is the most recent press release from Princess:
7/20/2006 – Crown Princess Statement – Updated 2 pm PST
Crown Princess departed Port Canaveral today for New York at approximately 5:00 pm EST, having received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and the British flag authorities to sail.
We are confident there are no mechanical or ongoing operational issues that would compromise the safety of the ship, passengers or crew.
Crown Princess is expected to arrive at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 22. At approximately mid-day, passengers will begin embarking for a revised seven-day sailing which will depart at 5 pm that afternoon. The cruise will call at the ports of Grand Turk and Bermuda before returning to New York on July 29 to resume its regular nine-day cruise schedule.
No passengers are traveling aboard Crown Princess as it sails to New York, as they have all now disembarked in Port Canaveral.
We wish to again express our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew for this regrettable incident, and also extend our thanks for their understanding and cooperation during these difficult circumstances.