The cruise ship Caribbean Princess lost propulsion and was adrift for nine hours on the Irish Sea with 4,000 passengers onboard. The news was first published by Cruise Law News web site and several passengers commented on social networks about the ships current status. Princess Cruises released several tweets regarding the propulsion problems saying that the ship lost propulsion 25 nautical miles southeast of Dublin in the Irish Sea.
Princess Cruises will be the first, and so far the only, cruise company to cross the new Panama Canal. The company has already included this in their new transit routes through the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean. The Caribbean Princess with capacity of 3,080 passengers will operate using the new Atlantic locks in its premiere from the end of 2017. This experience will be part of a 10-day cruise through the Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new routes will make their debut in the 2017-18 winter season.