noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Recent reports of electrical power outages

In the last couple days, there were reports of electric power loss on two Princess ships, the Grand and Emerald. The Grand is an older ship (launched 1998) and experienced loss of power previously.  It is also the same ship which had an engine room fire about a year ago. Further details can be found at http://www.cruiselawnews.com. 

I'm not just picking on PC because there have been outages on just about every major cruise line. Has anyone here personally been onboard a ship with propulsion or electric power problems?  How does the captain and crew handle it in terms of keeping passengers informed, occupied, and safe? Has your personal experience dampened your enthusiasm for cruising?

Tags: Princess Cruises

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Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Extension cord--not long enough?Big Smile

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Not exactly answering your question, but Carnival Liberty is experiencing propulsion issues.  They will be arriving in Galveston about 4:30 pm today, per Carnival.  The cruise that will begin today will board late, and will skip Progreso as a port of call.  They are issuing lunch credit, onboard credit, and 25% off future cruise.  Not sure is this is the same problem that the Liberty experience earlier this year, or if it something new. 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

A long time ago we had engine problems on a transatlantic ship and missed stopping at Funchal, Portugal.  The ship had to go slower.  We have never experienced power outage on a cruise shipb and we have been on over 54 cruises.. 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Been on numerous Princess cruises and several different Princess ships ... never a problem.

I would assume that they all have some sort of backup generators ...

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We were on a Celebrity cruise when they had propusion problems. We were advised that we would be leaving our last port early to be able to get back to the home port on time.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We were on a Celebrity cruise when they had propusion problems. We were advised that we would be leaving our last port early to be able to get back to the home port on time.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

The only problems I have run into are hurricanes and fog.

No fires, electrical issues or propulsion failures.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Probably a good question but it certainly is becoming confused. Propulsion problems and electrical power outages are usually two different events. Happens all the time.

 

Now, that is understandable, with diesel electric being the primary energy of propulsion on every cruise ship today, that I know of; a power outage for propulsion rarely means a long term problem. But that doesn’t mean that electrical generation for the ship’s systems, amenities, etc. is impacted. Which likewise, doesn’t last long.

 

As far as the most worrisome, is the lack of propulsion? “My gosh, the ship is adrift in the middle of the ocean, floundering about.” Well, maybe, but rarely.

 

Guest reactions? True, some on board do panic for sure, if they know about it. Brings to mind the old adage, “When in trouble when in doubt run in circles scream and shout”.

 

I recall one time in the middle of the South China Sea during the middle of the day. I was reading my book on one of HAL’s upper decks when we stopped moving. No big deal as this happens from time to time, with us anyway. But as I sat there reading my book, with no propulsion for about 45 minutes, a staff officer walked by, I asked, “what is going on?” He responded, “What?” I said we have been dead in the water for going on an hour now. He looked around and said, “Wow!” Anyway, soon after the screws started turning and we resumed our great and uneventful voyage.     

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

yep, they are different but they can be real cruise killers.  The question was getting at how the captain and crew handled those types of situations. Seems a regularly heard complaint is "they never told us anything". I was curious to hear how these types of situations were handled from people who had personal experience. :)

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

“The question was getting at how the captain and crew handled those types of situations. Seems a regularly heard complaint is "they never told us anything". "I was curious to hear how these types of situations were handled from people who had personal experience."

 

Well, fair enough:   I mentioned the time we had a propulsion shut down on HAL for almost an hour, that didn’t stir a single PA announcement. However, guests appeared unconcerned. Haw, I think I was the only one who even noticed. If the captain had said something he might have created undue anxiety for quite a few.

Another time though, on the Seven Seas Voyager, about an hour out of Southampton, the port pod made an uncommanded maximum deflection to the starboard. We were so close to the Isle of Wight that the captain shut down that pod, put the ship in full aft and made an emergency drop of the anchor in order to prevent us from hitting the beach.

The captain came on immediately afterward and gave us a detailed explanation, without hiding anything, as to what happened. Shortly after that he announced we were still heading for the English Channel but once there he was going to put the vessel through a few hours of tests. In the morning he came on again and gave us a blow by blow description of everything that happened and that there was enough redundancy in the systems to allow us to safely proceed.

Now, there is my kind of captain.          

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