Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn
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Pacific Dawn cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8521232, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the P&O Cruises Australia line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship grounding, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Pacific Dawn position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 70,300-ton 2000-passenger P and O cruise ship Pacific Dawn was built as Regal Princess in 1991 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

P&O Pacific Dawn accidents & incidents

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

Here we also post updates on P and O Pacific Dawn 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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

Service history, technical incidents

  • During its service history, this cruise ship was also operating under the name Regal Princess (in the period 1991-2007).
  • The vessel was ordered by and constructed for the Sitmar Cruises line. After Sitmar’s acquisition by P&O Group, the ship (being under construction) was transferred to Princess Cruises (a P&O subsidiary company).
  • The vessel was launched on March 29, 1990, delivered on July 20, 1991 and christened on August 8 in NYC New York by Margaret Thatcher (the UK’s Prime Minister at the time).
  • As Regal Princess, the ship operated on round-trip cruises to Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale FL (USA) and to Alaska from Vancouver BC (Canada), with Panama Canal repositioning transits.
  • The vessel’s flag-state (registry) was changed in 1991 (from Palermo Italy to Monrovia Liberia), in 2000 (to Hamilton Bermuda) and in 2007 (to London UK).
  • On April 10, 2010, while approaching the Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge, the vessel lost all power (propulsion) on the river. The assisting pilot and 2 tug boats brought it to a full stop within just 230 ft (70 m) of the newly built 6-lane bridge (2nd structure), then towed it back to Portside Wharf. The incident investigation determined the power failure was due to a blown fuse caused by a saltwater leak.
  • In May 2010 the ship was extensively drydock refurbished in Brisbane. The November 2014 drydock refurbishment in Sydney added the P&O Australia’s signature “The Edge” complex (top-deck sporting activities – zip-line, rock-climbing wall, ect).

Ship grounding accidents

  • April 15, 2006 (as Regal Princess), while sailing on Amazon River (cruises from Fort Lauderdale Florida to Manaus Brazil), the ship stuck on a sandbar and was freed after some 1 1/2 hours. To free the vessel, the crew had to empty its swimming pools and to dump some of the grey water and ballast water.
  • February 18, 2007 (as Regal Princess), while on a Panama Canal transition cruise and after a short stop at call port Huatulco (Mexico) the ship ran aground. The accident was due to high winds causing the vessel to list 5 degrees starboard and make contact with the seabed port side while backing out of Huatulco Harbor. The grounding damaged one of the ballast tanks. The vessel soon freed itself and continued to Acapulco (Mexico) at reduced speed and severely listing to starboard. In Acapulco the current cruise was cancelled and all passengers were flown home. The next 2 scheduled cruises (Feb 21 and March 1) were also cancelled due to the needed drydock repairs. The ship left Acapulco on Feb 22. The next scheduled cruises was March 13 itinerary (Lima Peru to San Juan Puerto Rico).

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • Fortunately, there are no such tragic incidents officially reported so far.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • January 13, 2009, an Australian news media reported a 22-year-old male passenger jumped overboard. The incident occurred at !5 am, while the ship was some 20 ml (30 km) off Port Vila, Vanuatu. The young man was reportedly drunk. He was successfully rescued within 45 min. His jumping was seen by a staff member and the the alarm was raised. The vessel was cruising at half-speed, but was able to stop and then use its bow thrusters to turn around (without having to complete a loop to turn around).
  • June 20, 2016, an UK news media reported an 11-year-old male passenger (of Australian origin) in a critical condition after a shore excursion accident. The boy was injured in a head-on bus crash in Port Villa (Vanuatu). Another 10 (out of 12) Australian tourists were also seriously injured during the collision. All injured passengers were airlifted to Brisbane (Australia) and Noumea (New Caledonia) to receive urgent medical treatment. The bush crash killed 2 locals (Ni-Vanuatu people). Due to the accident, the ship missed its next port of call (Mystery Island) in order to arrive as scheduled back in Brisbane. The accident occurred on an 11-day South Pacific cruise from Brisbane (itinerary June 14-25) with call ports Champagne Bay, Pentecost Island, Vila, Mystery Island (skipped), Isle of Pines.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • August 2003 (as Regal Princess), a Noro virus outbreak affected a total of 301 passengers and 45 crew. All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The incident occurred on a 16-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to USA (Copenhagen to NYC New York). The ship arrived in NYC 2 days early after missing 2 scheduled port calls – in Greenland and Canada (Newfoundland).
  • September 2004 (as Regal Princess) the ship reported a total of 47 passengers (out of 1537, or 3,1%) and 7 crew (out of 680, or 1%) suffering from Noro virus symptoms.
  • December 2006 (as Regal Princess), the ship reported a Norovirus outbreak affecting 75 passengers (out of 1479, or 4,18%) and 5 crew (out of 678) during a 20-day Panama Canal cruise from San Juan Puerto Rico (itinerary December 7-27).
  • March 2007 (as Regal Princess), the ship reported a Noro virus outbreak affecting 69 passengers (out of of 1504, or 4,6%) and 8 crew (out of 860, or 0,9%). The health incident occurred on a 12-day Panama Canal transition cruise from South America to Caribbean (Lima Peru to San Juan Puerto Rico).
  • May 25, 2009, after docking in Sydney Harbour, the ship reported a total of 170 passengers (out of 2000) with flu-like symptoms. Among the infected were two 5-year-old boys tested positive for H1N1 (Swine flu virus). On the next day, another 14 passengers were tested positive with Swine flu. NSW Health authorities ordered all passengers to stay for 7 days locked at home (self-imposed quarantine).
  • 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.

MV Pacific Dawn current position


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