The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(MIAMI) — The Coast Guard will conduct a joint investigation with representatives from Princess Cruises regarding the loss of power and propulsion aboard the Emerald Princess late Sunday evening.
The Emerald Princess, a 947-foot passenger ship registered in Bermuda, lost power at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday after departing from Port Everglades on a 14-day voyage to the Caribbean Sea. Reportedly, the ship lost propulsion for approximately four-and-a-half hours and hotel services were sporadic during that time. Upon notification, Coast Guard Sector Miami personnel immediately began working directly with the master of the Emerald Princess to confirm the safety of the ship, its passengers, and crew.
The cause of the loss of power and propulsion are under investigation.