USA TODAY and the Mirror newspaper in the U.K. report that Princess Cruises has canceled today’s sailing of the Sun Princess, citing a power problem.
The Sun Princess is an 18 year-old cruise ship which just had a $30 million make-over. It was scheduled to sail a 14-night voyage from Singapore to Freemantle, Australia.
The power failure limited the cruise ship’s ability to operate cabin lighting, air conditioning, vacuum toilet systems, and galley.
Princess Cruises said: "While Sun Princess was alongside at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, there was a malfunction to the ship’s switchboard resulting in limited onboard power hindering our ability to run all hotel operations."
"Regretfully, we’ve made the decision to cancel the cruise scheduled to depart today in order to carry out the necessary repairs."
The cruise ship will now resume service on September 3, 2013.
The Sun Princess is the second vessel just this week that has been disabled by mechanical problems. Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium is currently disabled in Ketchikan, Alaska due to propulsion issues.
The problems come during a year when major lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean experienced a rash of fires and mishaps which disabled their cruise ships. Many cruisers, particularly first time cruisers, are raising concerns regarding the safety of cruise ships.
The passengers will receive a full refund and a credit on a future cruise.
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