Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Royal Princess passengers are being forced to disembark early after the latest cruise was cancelled due to technical problems.
The ship, which was named by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in June, suffered a power outage while sailing in the Mediterranean between Mykonos and Naples.
Although the power was restored, the ship needs to be taken to Barcelona for repairs.
Passengers will be taken to Naples where they will disembark this evening for flights home, and the ship will leave on Wednesday for Barcelona with only crew on board.
Princess Cruises is still unsure whether a sold-out cruise due to leave on September 27 will also be disrupted.
Royal Princess is due to embark on a 30-day 'Maiden Passage Grand Adventure' cruise - finishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said: "We sincerely regret this means the remainder of the current cruise will be cancelled, and passengers will disembark the ship in Naples.
"Passengers will be provided a full refund of their cruise fare, along with a 25% future cruise credit.
"We have dispatched a care team to Naples to ensure that all our passengers are provided with any assistance they may require.
"The impact of the repairs on the next Royal Princess cruise, scheduled to depart from Barcelona on September 27, is not yet known and we will keep passengers fully advised as details become known."
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