Princess canceled a 10-day Panama Canal sailing on the Regal Princess that was scheduled to depart yesterday from Acapulco, Mexico, due to damage sustained to one of the ship's ballast tanks when it touched bottom departing Huatulco, Mexico, on Feb. 18.

Princess said that prior to the Regal Princess' arrival in Acapulco, the damage was discovered, and that after an assessment, it was determined that the required repairs would unfortunately take longer than Princess had originally anticipated.

Princess is currently making arrangements to return passengers home and, in the meantime, is housing them aboard the Regal Princess, with all of the ship's services available to them. There are 1,552 passengers and 683 crew currently onboard the Regal Princess, the line said.

As a result of the cancelled voyage, Princess said it will give passengers a full refund, including air fare, and will provide passengers with a future cruise credit equal to 35% of the cruise fare paid for this voyage.

Following some preliminary repairs to the Regal Princess, Princess said it will proceed to a dry dock where full repairs will be undertaken.

Princess said that the following cruise, a 12-day South America voyage scheduled to depart on March 1 from San Juan, may also be impacted, but the extent is not yet known. The line said it will provide further information as soon as possible.

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

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