A visitor crusing on P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Journey has died whereas ashore at Thriller Island in Vanuatu. The incident occurred on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, on the ship’s first port of name in the course of the present crusing.
Tragic Incident on Thriller Island
A visitor from Pacific Journey, one in all three vessels in P&O Cruises Australia‘s fleet, has died whereas visiting Thriller Island. Few particulars have been launched concerning the incident, however the cruise line has issued an announcement to native media confirming the loss of life.
“P&O Cruises Australia can affirm a visitor of Pacific Journey has tragically handed away whereas in port at Thriller Island, Vanuatu,” a spokesperson for the cruise line stated. “We lengthen our deepest condolences to their family members and are doing every little thing we will to assist them throughout this troublesome time.”
Pacific Journey was visiting Thriller Island from 8 a.m. to five p.m. native time on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Thriller Island was the primary port of name on the ship’s present voyage, an 8-night “Pacific Island Hopper” cruise that set sail from Sydney, Australia on Friday, September 22.
The ship is scheduled to go to Noumea, New Caledonia on Wednesday, earlier than returning to Sydney on Saturday, September 30. At the moment, there was no announcement of any modifications to the cruise itinerary. No particulars have been launched concerning the age or gender of the visitor who died, nor the circumstances of the incident or explanation for loss of life.
“As we’re working with the related authorities and to guard the privateness of the household, it might be inappropriate to remark additional,” the cruise line said.
The native authorities have been notified and an applicable investigation is more likely to be carried out, as is customary in these kinds of incidents.
Pacific Journey was constructed in 2001 as Golden Princess for Princess Cruises, and joined the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in 2021 after being refit for the brand new model. The 109,000-gross ton, Grand-class ship can welcome 2,600 friends on every crusing, and can also be residence to roughly 1,100 worldwide crew members.
The ship is at the moment homeported from Sydney, providing a variety of brief and lengthy cruises to varied locations in New Zealand, Tonga, Australia, Fiji, and extra relying on the crusing date and itinerary.
Different Incidents Lately
This newest incident follows one other loss of life at Thriller Island earlier this 12 months when a visitor crusing aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor died whereas swimming on the common port of name.
To guard the privateness of the visitor’s members of the family and associates, few particulars have been launched in that incident as properly, although it was stated the reason for loss of life was probably a medical emergency. It’s potential that the visitor had a pre-existing situation or different medical incident whereas swimming.
It’s also attention-grabbing to notice that calls to close by Noumea, New Caledonia have been briefly adjusted earlier this 12 months, with seashore excursions cancelled attributable to native shark sightings and assaults.
There is no such thing as a indication, nevertheless, that shark exercise has been problematic close to Thriller Island, or that any type of shark assault is concerned on this newest incident.
The 2 locations – Noumea and Thriller Island – are simply 285 miles (460 kilometers) crusing distance aside, and are sometimes included on the identical itineraries for South Pacific cruises.
Earlier this 12 months, an unrelated incident additionally had Pacific Journey within the information when a fireplace broke out on a passenger’s balcony in Might, inflicting friends to be referred to as to their muster stations for a number of hours. The hearth was safely contained and extinguished, with no accidents reported. In complete, 4 staterooms have been broken.