Passengers on board the Royal Princess got a little more excitement than they were probably hoping for when the ship experienced an engine room fire off the coast of Egypt on Thursday June 18th, 2009. The passengers were asked to proceed to their emergency station during the fire, and remained in emergency mode while the fire’s damage was evaluated. Princess reports that all passengers and crew have been accounted for and reports no injuries or deaths.
Following the fire, Princess brought an engine room team aboard to evaluate the damage. They determined that the ship would be unable to continue on its current 14 day Holy Land cruise, and would not be repaired in time for the next scheduled voyage. As a result Princess has canceled the remainder of the current cruise and the following scheduled voyage. Princess is offering a full refund to current passengers plus a “25% of current voyage price paid” credit towards a future cruise.
Princess representatives are currently helping passengers arrange air, transfers, and hotels. Passengers’ homeward flights, transfers and associated hotel accommodations will be at Princess’ expense.