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Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas experiencing engine trouble

Matt Hochberg

It appears Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas is experiencing a "technical issue" related to its engines.

Cruise Critic is reporting that Empress of the Seas' engine troubles are forcing the ship to reroute its current sailing.

In a statement by Royal Caribbean, the company explained that work is underway to resolve the issue, "Empress of the Seas is currently experiencing a technical issue with one of the ship's four engine. Since we became aware of the problem, our highly trained engineering team has been working to resolve the issue. While we work on the issue, the ship is sailing at a reduced rate of speed."

Empress of the Seas was scheduled to visit Grand Cayman, but instead visited Nassau yesterday and stopped at CocoCay earlier today.  It will call on Key West on June 29, as scheduled.

Royal Caribbean is offering compensation to guests aboard the current sailing in the amount of 10 percent of the cruise fare paid, per stateroom.

According to the line, all equipment onboard is fully functional and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of passengers and crew. Royal Caribbean has not yet indicated whether the next sailing will be affected by the engine trouble.