Cruise liner Royal Princess disabled after blackout in Med
Brand new cruise liner Royal Princess suffered power outage in the night of Sep 22 in Mediterranean en route from Mykonos to Naples on a 12-day cruise.
Official statement from Princess Cruises:
Today (Sep 22 13) at approximately 1:30 pm local time, Royal Princess experienced a power outage. Power is currently in the process of being restored, and in the meantime an emergency backup generator has been used to provide essential services, such as toilets. The ship is not in any danger, and the Captain has been keeping passengers regularly informed about the situation. The ship is currently on the seventh day of a 12-day Mediterranean cruise that departed Venice on September 15. There are 3,594 passengers and 1,336 crew members onboard.
Unofficial messages from passengers:
Cruise Critic member funnyfingers heard from family members onboard that "they were without power for 4.5 hours and had to cancel the Naples stop." However, an official statement from the cruise line reports the ship is still en route to Naples.
A Princess Facebook fan posted on Princess' page today that "the ship has had many other problems in the past eight days, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, and last night we were delayed leaving Mykonos for over four hours because they couldn't get the anchor up." Princess Cruises apologized for the "challenging experience" and affirmed that passenger safety is the line's priority.
As of 0100 UTC Sep 23 status of the vessel is unknown. In the evening of Sep 22 AIS (see fleetmon.com) showed a speed of 1.7 knots, which means vessel was disabled and drifting after outage.
live tracking: http://www.fleetmon.com/de/vessels/Royal_Princess_8212825