Repairs and maintenance at Sembawang Shipyard
After a 14-day cruise from Brisbane, the 'Pacific Encounter' arrived at a shipyard in Sembawang Port on Feb 6, 2023, at 4.30 p.m. for a scheduled drydock maintenance of three weeks. The 'Pacific Encounter' will receive a new pair of 142-metre-long Twin Racer slides that extend from a height of 16 metres and the signature P&O Edge Adventure Park with a 55-metre zipline, climbing rock, Cargo Net, Walk the Plank, and Beam Walk. In addition to these upgrades, the vessel will also undergo minor repairs and hotel improvements to other public areas.
Medevac off Central queensland
On Oct 5, 2022, a man was medevaced from the 'Pacific Encounter' off the coast of Central Queensland after suffering medical issues. The RACQ Capricorn Rescue team hoisted the 70-year-old passenger, who had suffered a stroke, from the ship that had been sailing 264 km east of Rockhampton en route from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea. A paramedic had joined the crew for the mission and the chopper had to fly via Heron Island to refuel before heading to the cruise ship. The man was stabilised and taken to Rockhampton Base Hospital for further treatment. Report with video: https://cruisepassenger.com.au/news/man-rescued-pacific-encounter/
Crew members disembarked in Los Angeles
Princess Cruises disembarked more than 100 crew members from the 'Star Princess', 'Grand Princess' and 'Royal Princess' on April 14 in Los Angeles. Passengers aboard the 'Grand Princess', which had coronavirus cases on board, were let off the ship in early March, in Oakland, but crew members remained on the ship. The 'Star Princess' and 'Royal Princess' were not included in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's list of cruise ships on where passengers could have been infected with coronavirus. The crew used tender boats between their home ships to board the 'Royal Princess', and then the vessel came into the port to disembark them. 101 crew members left from Los Angeles International Airport on a charter flight to Mexico. None of the crew on the charter flight were sick. The same day, the 'Royal Princess' and the 'Seven Seas Mariner' were in port in Los Angeles to refuel and restock. The 'Grand Princess' was off of Point Fermin, which is located in San Pedro, a community within the city of Los Angeles. It was unclear how many crew members remained on board the 'Grand Princess' and 'Star Princess' and whether any were ill with coronavirus symptoms. There were originally 1,111 crew members on board the 'Grand Princess'. The 'Star Princess' can hold 1,100 crew members. More than 3,500 people on board the 'Grand Princess' for a Hawaii voyage were potentially exposed to COVID-19, a revelation that came to light in early March after a 71-year-old man died from the coronavirus after sailing on the ship's previous voyage. More than 60 passengers from that trip stayed aboard for the second voyage. The ship docked in Oakland, California, on March 9 after reporting 21 coronavirus cases. Before it docked, the 'Grand Princess' was kept at sea for several days before being allowed back into port. At least 103 people who were on the ship tested positive for the coronavirus, and two have died. Over the course of several days, passengers were let off the ship in groups. Passengers were then spread between four military bases in California, Texas and Georgia to complete a two-week quarantine.Upload News