Cruise ship Caribbean Princess adrift for nine hours in Irish Sea

A massive cruise ship carrying 4,500 passengers was marooned in Irish waters after its engines failed on Wednesday morning, 3rd August.


The 290m cruise ship Caribbean Princess

The cruise ship Caribbean Princess ran in to trouble off the east coast as it lost power in its engine and was forced to cancel scheduled visit to Dublin Port

Packed with around 4,500 passengers, the ship was without power and adrift 25 miles south-east of Dublin for more than 9 hours as engineers aboard tried to fix the problem.

It was initially reported that there were fears of a terrorist attack but Princess Cruises the US company that runs the vessel said that it was a “technical glitch”.

There were initial reports fearing terrorist involvement but the US company Princess Cruises has now confirmed it was just a technical glitch.

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