Problems on Princess Cruises

After it’s fourth voyage, Princess Cruises’ (operated by Miami-based Carnival Corp.) Crown Princess seems to be responsible for dozens of injuries. Apparently a steering problem caused the ship to list badly to one side, which sent people and objects all over.

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  1. Jordan says:

    My brother and his wife went on their anniversary cruise last February (2006). They were on a new Princess cruise ship going down to Playa del Carmen, Belize, etc. About 2 hours into the cruise the ship suddenly began listing on it’s side. They had to throw on life jackets and run an obstacle course of fallen wine-rack displays in the hallways. The water ran out of the pools into neighboring restaurants; the diningrooms had all their food and service thrown to one side of the room; wine bottles were thrown off shelves and shattered. I understand that one of the chefs was seriously injured and had to be care-flighted off the ship.

    After hearing about more of these accidents occurring on these newer, larger luxury liners, many of us are afraid to go on another cruise.

  2. Mike says:

    Two years ago my wife and I were on the Carnival Victory and the same thing happened. Perfume bottles, whiskey bottles broken all over the place. Pool emptied onto the lower floor and into the resturant. A elderly gentleman broke his hip and the coast guard sent a cutter. They told us a stablizer stuck or broke or something. This is not unusual they said.

  3. James Trotta says:

    Well I hope it’s not too common although I guess this one had enough injuries that it made the news while broken stabilizers that don’t injure so many people don’t get much attention…

    What happened when the stabilizer broke? Did the cruise continue?

  4. Jake the plumber says:

    wtf dood! sounds like sabotage to me. I think that the port authorities are being careless with ship mechanical overhauls. I was looking for a big job to pay off my next cruise… I think that I’ll skip the trip for now. mebbe I’ll fly to Europe. that might keep me away from the trouble in Israel, too.

    I don’t think that the stabilizer should have broke. I think that the engineers don’t have any regulations like airplanes have the FAA. I’ll betcha that some one thought that the stabilizer didn’t matter. oops, not that peoples lives are at stake or anything…

    I’m gonna find out before my next cruise if there is a safety Federal checklist for cruise ships & what kind of people are allowed into the rehaul ports.

  5. Karen says:

    There are a lot of regulations for building cruise ships. It’s a very complicated and difficult task. They are built in Italy, France, Germany, and I believe Japon, as well. My husband, an engineer, worked at the shipyard in France. It was a honor to drive by the Queen Mary II everyday as it grew bigger and bigger, and more beautiful by the day. There are so many people involved, from the buyers, the builders (from all over the world with different functions for each part of the ship…from the electronics, to the engines, stabilizers, pods, etc. including companies like GE, Siemens, and Alstom….the list goes on and on) All coming together, and all speaking English to build the most modern, stable, safe ships possible. They spend weeks going out on “sea trails” and then the ships have to pass inspections from the US Coast Guard. I think people will complain in a heartbeat, but not take the time to write in about the GOOD experience they had. The complaints could come from people that always find fault in everything they do.

  6. william zelinnka says:

    my own personal expertise is in aviation and while taking some vacation cruises from time to time i have noticed that the whole shipping industry just doesnt have a current and necessary comprehensive program of maintenance and inspection that speaks to today’s complex ships, training of personnel involved…the whole industry has to be re-engineered if it plans to keep vacation and luxury clients as its clients, if not, then it has to assume its tradtional role as a carrier of goods…slowly..cheaply…one wonders with the price of energy if an industry of slow moving freight will be cheap….and one wonders if the survival of the shipping industry isnt , in part, depending on the cruise/passenger business for revenue….if i am even close to being right, the passenger business segment then has to be completely revised from a standpoint of safety regulations close to the FAA concepts of checks and constant rechecks…it may raise the cost of fares, but confidence in the industry will return.

  7. Karen says:

    Yes, but they are talking about Princess and Carnval. Those are inexpensive cruises. If you want extreme quality and high class you’ll have to put out the money and spend thousands and thousands more and go on Cunard, or and even a more elite fleet….you can’t benefit from an inexpensive trip and expect something super high class. I realized too later, that some of the complaints were about sabilizers. I have never been on an airplane that could avoid turbulance! Why would people expect so much more from a cruise ship?

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