Passenger died on board
An elderly passenger on board the "Diamond Princess" died suddenly in the afternoon of Dec 27, 2017, while the ship was berthed in Napier. The man believed to be in his eighties suffered a medical event. Police and ambulance attended, but he was unable to be revived. The "Diamond Princess" medical team allso had assisted the man.
158 persons struck with gastro
More than 150 passengers and crew aboard the "Diamond Princess" have been struck with gastro on the ship that docked at the Circular Quay in Sydney in the morning Of Feb 4, 2016. NSW Health confirmed that 158 persons caught the contagious virus. People were vomiting in pools and running down corridors covering their mouths. A lot of the staff were wearing face masks and gloves. There were about 4000 people on board the ship, which had travelled from New Zealand and docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at 7 a.m. THe captain announced the gastro outbreak over the vessel's loud speaker shortly after it left Fiordland National Park, on New Zealand's South Island. The pool was drained, the rooms were continuously cleaned and those unwell were instructed not to leave their rooms. However, no patients were admitted to hospital and the outbreak was under control. The ship has instituted maximum control measures, including increased sanitation, and further cleaning and hygiene procedures will occur prior to passengers arriving on board in the afternoon. The cruise ship was due to depart for New Zealand in the afternoon.
Cruise ship hosts children at dinner on Christmas Day
It was a phone call that sent Orphans Aid International representative Hilary Campbell into a whirlwind of activity. The call came from Tapley Swift shipping agent David McLean. The Diamond Princess cruise ship was berthing in Port Chalmers on Christmas Day, and the crew wanted to know if children from a local orphanage would like to come aboard for Christmas dinner. ‘‘I explained to them that ... we don't have orphanages anymore [in New Zealand],'' Mrs Campbell, who manages the Orphans Aid op shop in Dunedin, said. But she did know foster and adoptive families who would appreciate the gesture. ‘‘They gave me about 24 hours to have some documents back to them for security - there's a lot of high security around visitors coming on a cruise ship.'' And a couple of days later, on Christmas morning, 36 adoptees, foster children and their parents boarded Diamond Princess. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/368068/cruise-ship-hosts-children-dinnerUpload News