Ship Damage Forces Princess Cancellation

Princess Cruises' Regal Princess sustained damage to one of its ballast tanks over the weekend, forcing the cruise line to scrap a 10-day Panama Canal sailing between Acapulco and San Juan scheduled to depart on Monday. A 12-day South America voyage slated to embark March 1 is now also in jeopardy. Princess said the damage incurred did not place any passengers in harm's way during the ship's course to Acapulco. Guests scheduled on the 10-day itinerary will receive full refunds, including airfare, and Princess said it will issue passengers a future cruise credit equal to 35 percent of the cruise fare paid for the voyage. Regal Princess will go into dry dock for more extensive repairs, which the company said might impact the 12-day South America cruise. It is advised that travel agents with clients on the South America voyage stay in touch with the cruise line by calling or visiting [www.princess.com/news] for updates.

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