(3:23 p.m. EST) — A fire that took place on Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess has caused the ship to alter its itinerary.
The November 30 incident — which was contained within the switchboard — has hindered the ship’s speed, forcing the line to cancel its scheduled calls to Hilo, Kaui and Maui. No crew or passengers were injured. The ship is currently in Honolulu, where it was inspected by technicians and the U.S. Coast Guard. Both have cleared the ship to sail.
According to the original statement, “A propulsion circuit breaker in the ship’s aft electrical switchboard suffered a ‘significant failure, resulting in smoke and a small fire’. The incident was isolated but did cause a power outage resulting in the temporary use of emergency lighting and limited air conditioning for a short time.”
Power has since been restored and all hotel and guest services are in operation. Grand Princess was 20 miles off the coast of Hilo at the time of the incident.
In a new statement, Princess Cruises said, “While there is no impact to maneuverability or safety, the ship cannot attain maximum speed therefore we must adjust the future itinerary. Regretfully, the port calls to Nawiliwili (Kaui) and Lahaina (Maui) will be cancelled in order to return to San Francisco as scheduled on December 10.”
Passengers onboard will receive a full refund and credit toward a future cruise. Additionally, Princess is providing airfare for those who wish to depart in Honolulu.
Grand Princess is carrying 2,592 passengers and 1,095 crew. The ship is in the middle of a 15-day Hawaii cruise that departed San Francisco November 25.