After receiving clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and British flag authorities to sail, Princess Cruises Crown Princess departed Port Canaveral, Fla., July 20 en route to Brooklyn, N.Y., where it is expected to arrive at 8:30 a.m. on July 22.

The ship suddenly listed 16 to 18 degrees on July 18, injuring 240 passengers, shortly after departing Port Canaveral near the end of the new ships fourth sailing. All but two of the injured passengers have been released from hospitals as of July 20, and the pair was expected to make a full recovery.

The USCG and NTSB said they would have investigators accompany the Crown Princess on its way back to New York to conduct investigations.

Princess spokeswoman Julie Benson said that passengers will begin embarking at mid-day July 22 for a revised seven-day sailing that is expected to depart at 5:00 p.m. The cruise will call in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos and Bermuda, and not in San Juan and St. Thomas as originally scheduled, before returning to New York on July 29 to resume its regular nine-day cruise schedule. 

The interior damage to the ship will be repaired en route to New York, while in port there and during the next sailing. Repairs needed include replacing carpeting, boutique windows, televisions and furnishings, and replenishing supplies, said Benson.

The next cruise is expected to sail with about 3,000 people on it, Benson said, adding that there had been some cancellations but also some new bookings.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].


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