Pacific Explorer (Dawn Princess)

Pacific Explorer (Dawn Princess)
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Pacific Explorer cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel (formerly Dawn Princess) with IMO number 9103996, owned by P&O Australia Cruises (a Carnival Corporation brand). Among the unfortunate events at sea are fire, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track Pacific Explorer position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 77,450-ton 2000-passenger PandO cruise ship Explorer was built for Princess Cruises (as Dawn Princess) in 2004 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

In 2017, the ship will be renamed and transferred to P&O Australia. This is another Carnival Corporation cruise line, that was upgraded in 2015 with the Holland America ships MS Ryndam (Pacific Aria) and MS Statendam (Pacific Eden).

Dawn Princess accidents & incidents

Dawn Princess accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Dawn Princess / Pacific Explorer CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this PandO cruise ship’s major incidents (including as Dawn Princess in the fleet of Princess Cruises). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Pacific Explorer cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

You can add more details or submit your own Pacific Explorer ship incidents (negative cruise experience reports) via the Cruise Minus “contact us” form.

This is link to the ship’s official site POcruises.com.au.

Fire incident (Dawn Princess)

  • November 8, 2013, at ~8:30 pm, a fire broke out in an electrical locker (in substation on deck 6) and after ~1 1/2 hours was extinquished. All passengers summoned to their respective muster stations at ~9:30 pm, while the crew fought the fire. No injuries were reported.
  • The fire incident occurred on a New Zealand cruise, when the ship was en-route from Wellington to Napier. The captain announced via the PA system that there was smoke forward-starboard on deck 6 and commanded all passengers to return to their cabins. The second time he reported a fire on deck 6 and that the crew was on the site.
    After ~30 min, third announcement was made for passengers to assemble at the muster points, wearing life jackets, warm clothes, their valuables and medication. It all ended at ~10 pm and passengers were released.
  • According to an unofficial information (anonymous crew), during the incident the ship’s fire suppression system failed. This explains the muster station passenger gathering ~30 min after the fire was reported.

Technical incidents

  • (Dawn Princess) April 1, 2001, engine problems caused ~5 hours late arrival in Bridgetown Barbados.
  • (Dawn Princess) June 15, 2010, while operating on a 104-day World Cruise from Southampton England (starting July 14), the vessel experienced technical problems causing itinerary changes. In the Gulf of Aden, it lost propulsion and was drifting for ~2 hours while en-route from Dubai to Safaga Egypt. Call port Safaga was dropped. Later, bad weather prevented docking in Dublin Ireland.
  • (Dawn Princess) June 11, 2011, while cruising in Asia, passengers reported that the vessel operated on 3 (of all 4) engines. An engineering crew boarded in Singapore, but failed to fix the problem. The ship was on a World Cruise ending in Dover, UK. The incident resulted in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes.
  • (Dawn Princess) October 27, 2011, local news media reported the ship skipped its scheduled call port Hawke’s Bay (Napier NZ) due to a mechanical problem. The vessel was on a cruise from Sydney Australia to New Zealand, and en-route from Wellington NZ to Napier. Because it was ~3 hours late, the Captain decided to drop Napier and to continue directly toward Tauranga NZ.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • (Dawn Princess) November 2008, during a relocation cruise from from USA to Australia (San Francisco to Sydney), three incidents lead to passengers being forcibly evicted from the vessel. First, 2 female passengers were removed for shoplifting in the boutique shop. Later, 2 male passengers were removed after assaulting a crew. Then another 2 male passengers were removed for altercation (fight) in the laundry room.
  • (Dawn Princess) September 4, 2013 (law news), a male passenger filed a lawsuit against Carnival Australia in Sydney, claiming US$750,000 in compensation for sustained injuries. The man (Graham Welsh) suffered a head injury after lights and ceiling panels fell on him when he was passing through a hallway on board. He was disembarked in Suva Fiji and transported to a local hospital for a brain scan. The man stated after the incident, he experienced vomiting and headaches, and was left in Fiji without passport and any money. He had to pay all medical expenses via his credit card.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • (Dawn Princess) May 2005, CDC reported on a roundtrip 15-days Hawaiian cruise from San Francisco, (April 29 to May 14), a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 76 passengers (out of 1974, or 3,9%) and 9 crew (out of 864, or 1%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea /predominant).
  • (Dawn Princess) June 16, 2008, the ship reported 68 passengers (or 3,2% of all) and 4 crew (or 0,5% of all) suffered from the Norovirus illness during the 10-day roundtrip Alska cruise from San Francisco CA.
  • (Dawn Princess) July 16, 2009, news media reported on a 35-night South Pacific voyage round-trip from Sydney Australia, 5 passengers experienced swine flu symptoms (H1N1) and had to be quarantined. Disembarkation in homeport Sydney was delayed ~5 hours.
  • (Dawn Princess) January 12, 2010, an Australian news media reported 240+ passengers suffered from Noro virus on cruise from Melbourne to Auckland New Zealand (starting Dec 29).
  • (Dawn Princess) August-September 2012, CDC reported on Alaskan repositioning cruise (Aug 21 to Sept 13), a Norovirus outbreak affected 114 passengers (out of 1778, or 6,4%) and 11 crew (out of 851, or 1,3%).
  • (Dawn Princess) November 28, 2014, on an Around New Zealand cruise, a total of 158 passengers and 14 crew (~10% of all) suffered from the Noro virus. All sick were quarantined in their cabins. Hygiene levels across the ship were heightened.
  • (Dawn Princess) January 9, 2015, an Australian news media reported huge number (unspecified) of passengers suffered in a Norovirus outbreak on the voyage between Melbourne and Auckland NZ.
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

Pacific Explorer current position


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