Caribbean Princess

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises, with a capacity of over 3,600 passengers, the largest carrying capacity in the Princess fleet until June 2013 when the new Royal Princess, another Princess ship superseded its record. She has 900 balcony staterooms and a deck of mini-suites. She was the first modern cruise ship with an outdoor theater, which Princess bills as "Movies Under The Stars".

Caribbean Princess at St. Thomas, USVI on May 2, 2011
Name: Caribbean Princess
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Builder: Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)[2]
Cost: US $500 million[1]
Launched: 4 July 2003
Christened: April 2, 2004 by Jill Whelan in Fort Lauderdale[3]
Maiden voyage: April 3, 2004[4]
In service: April 2004[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Caribbean Class cruise ship
Tonnage: 112,894 GT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36 m)
Draft: 26.2 ft (8.0 m)[1]
Decks: 17 total, 15 passenger[1]
Installed power: 2 diesel-electric propellers (42,000kW each)[1]
Speed: 22-knot (41 km/h)[1]
Capacity: 3,142 passengers
Crew: 1,200 crew[7]

Caribbean Princess is slightly larger than the other ships in her class (Star Princess, Golden Princess, and Grand Princess), due to an additional deck of cabins called the Riviera deck. Another difference is that, being initially designed to cruise the Caribbean year-round, there is no sliding roof over the pool area for shelter in poor weather.


On March 12, 2012, Caribbean Princess suffered a problem with her port side propulsion engine that required her to return to her home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico after a stopover in St. Maarten. The problem caused Princess Cruises to cancel the next two trips (scheduled for March 18 and 25).[8]

In November 2013 a scheduled Thanksgiving week cruise departure was delayed from the Houston cruise port due to inclement weather conditions. Above average winds combined with safety concerns related to the narrow and extremely busy Houston ship channel were cited from the ship's bridge as the main reasons for the delay. Further complications with pilot boat scheduling were also announced over the ship's public address system. Caribbean Princess finally departed on the next day, however two of the exotic ports of call (Belize and Roatan) were cancelled. An unscheduled stop at Costa Maya was added to the itinerary, but the advertised seven-night sailing with three stops ended up as six nights of actual sailing with only two stops.

Caribbean Princess experienced a norovirus outbreak in January 2014 sickening approximately 200 people on board. The scheduled cruise ended two days early.[9]

On August 3, 2016, Caribbean Princess experienced a power outage while on a British Isles cruise. The ship completely lost propulsion about 25 miles southeast of Dublin, Ireland in the Irish Sea, and was left adrift for nine hours. During the power outage, air conditioners, lighting, hotel functions, and toilets were all functional. The ship regained power and sailed to Belfast (Northern Ireland), missing her next port of Dublin on her itinerary. An ocean-going tug was dispatched from Holyhead in North Wales (UK) and an Air/Sea rescue helicopter from Dublin monitored the situation. The cruise continued without any further problems to either the ship or the passengers.

Ocean pollution

On August 26, 2013, the crew of Caribbean Princess deliberately discharged 4,227 gallons of oil-contaminated waste off the southern coast of England.[10] The discharge involved the illegal modification of the vessel's on-board pollution control systems, and was photographed by a newly hired engineer.[11][12] When the ship subsequently berthed at Southampton, the engineer resigned his position and reported the discharge to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.[13] An investigation was launched by the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division which found that the practice had been taking place on Caribbean Princess and four other Princess ships since 2005.[14] In December 2016, Princess Cruise Lines agreed to plead guilty to 7 felony charges and pay a $40 million penalty. The charges related to illegal discharges off the coasts of Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.[15] As part of the agreement cruise ships from 8 Carnival companies, including Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, are required to operate for 5 years under a court-supervised environmental compliance plan with independent audits and a court-appointed monitor.[16] According to the US Justice Department, the fine was the "largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution."[15]

Areas of operation

Caribbean Princess has undertaken cruises from European ports around the British Isles, northern Europe and the Mediterranean and from North American ports to the Caribbean, New England and Canada. The ship in July 2019 will leave her current home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and head up to the home port in New York or Brooklyn, New York for Greenland cruises and Canada and New England Cruises.



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