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July 18, 2006

Crown Princess Statement July 18, 2006

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After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:40 pm eastern time, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the port side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York.

The ship is safe, and seaworthy, and we are currently investigating the cause of the list. We understand that some passengers were injured as the ship sharply turned, and we are in the process of determining the number of injuries and their extent.

Crown Princess is now returning to Port Canaveral, where the ship will be met by medical personnel to assist passengers who may require medical attention.

Further details will be released as they become available.

Crown Princess is currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York.

Updated 5:30 pm EST, July 18, 2006

After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:25 pm eastern time today, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the starboard side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York.

Initial reports are that a number of passengers did sustain serious injuries. There are also numerous reports of injuries such as cuts, bruises and fractures. We are currently assessing the full extent of passenger injuries, and have returned the ship to Port Canaveral to transfer the more seriously affected passengers to a medical facility ashore.

We deeply regret this incident, and are doing everything we can to make our passengers as comfortable as possible under these difficult circumstances.

We are also investigating the cause of the ship's sudden list, which is unknown at this time. We can confirm that the watertight integrity of the ship has not been compromised, and it is safe for passengers to remain onboard while the ship is alongside in Port Canaveral.

The cruise will be terminated in Port Canaveral, and arrangements are being made to return the passengers home. A full refund will be given to passengers, together with a full reimbursement of any additional expenses.

We will provide details about the next cruise after we are able to fully evaluate the situation.

Crown Princess is currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York.

Updated 8:30 am PST, July 19, 2006

Crown Princess is currently docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, following a heavy list that occurred yesterday afternoon as the ship was sailing towards New York, and which caused a number of passenger injuries.

We would again like to extend our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew on board Crown Princess for this unsettling incident, and also for any injuries they experienced.

We can confirm that there were approximately 240 passengers treated onboard for various injuries such as abrasions, bruises and fractures, of which 94 were transferred to local hospitals ashore for evaluation and treatment. All of these passengers have currently been released, with the exception of three passengers and two crew members who remain in the hospital but are, thankfully, expected to make a full recovery.

Approximately 1600 passengers have already disembarked Crown Princess and departed home. There are still approximately 1850 passengers still onboard and we are currently assisting them with their homeward travel arrangements.

As a result of the heavy list, there was also considerable superficial damage to the interior of the ship, and this is expected to be quickly repaired.

The cause of the sudden list is still being assessed.

Updated 7 pm PST July 19, 2006

Crown Princess remains docked at Port Canaveral, Florida, where the ship returned yesterday following a heavy list that occurred as the ship was sailing towards New York. As a result there were a number of passenger injuries, and the cruise was ended early in Port Canaveral.

We would again like to extend our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew on board Crown Princess for this regrettable incident, and also for any injuries they experienced.

We can confirm that there were approximately 240 passengers treated onboard for various injuries such as abrasions, bruises and fractures, of which 94 were transferred to local hospitals ashore for evaluation and treatment. All of these passengers have now been released, with the exception of two passengers who remain in the hospital but, thankfully, are expected to make a full recovery.

All but approximately 400 passengers have now disembarked Crown Princess, where they will remain overnight before leaving the ship tomorrow. It is anticipated the ship will depart tomorrow for New York, where a revised seven-day itinerary will replace the originally-scheduled nine-day cruise. Passengers sailing on this shortened voyage will receive a 50 percent refund of their cruise fare, and if they choose to cancel they may do so without incurring any cancellation fees.

The cause of the sudden list is still being investigated.

Updated 2 pm PST

Crown Princess departed Port Canaveral today for New York at approximately 5:00 pm EST, having received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and the British flag authorities to sail.

We are confident there are no mechanical or ongoing operational issues that would compromise the safety of the ship, passengers or crew.

Crown Princess is expected to arrive at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 22. At approximately mid-day, passengers will begin embarking for a revised seven-day sailing which will depart at 5 pm that afternoon. The cruise will call at the ports of Grand Turk and Bermuda before returning to New York on July 29 to resume its regular nine-day cruise schedule.

No passengers are traveling aboard Crown Princess as it sails to New York, as they have all now disembarked in Port Canaveral.

We wish to again express our sincerest apologies to our passengers and crew for this regrettable incident, and also extend our thanks for their understanding and cooperation during these difficult circumstances.

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