Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel
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Pacific Jewel cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8521220, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the P&O Cruises Australia line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are pollution, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Pacific Jewel position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 70,300-ton 2000-passenger P and O cruise ship Pacific Jewel was built as Crown Princess in 1990 by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

P&O Pacific Jewel accidents & incidents

P&O Pacific Jewel accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Pacific Jewel CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of P&O Cruises Pacific Jewel ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. 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 Jewel 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Service history, technical incidents

  • During its service history, this cruise ship was operating under the names Crown Princess (1990-2002), Arosa Blu (2002-2004, transferred to the Arosa Cruises line), AIDAblu (2004-2007, transferred to the AIDA Cruises line), Ocean Village Two (2007-2009, transferred to the Carnival Corp’s subsidiary company Ocean Village Holidays).
  • Launched on May 25, 1989, the Crown Princess ship was delivered to the shipowner Princess Cruises on June 29, 1990. The inaugural voyage started on July 8.
  • In 2002, the shipowner P&O Princess Cruises created the line A’Rosa Cruises (Germany-targeting brand) and transferred the vessel, renaming it to “A’Rosa Blu”.
  • In 2004, the new shipowner Carnival Corporation transferred the vessel to its subsidiary company AIDA Cruises, increasing its capacity (to 2014 passengers, 621 crew) and renaming it to “AIDAblu”.
  • In 2007, following a refit iat Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven Germany), the shipowner transferred the vessel to its newly created subsidiary Ocean Village Holidays. The vessel was renamed to “Ocean Village Two” and joined its fleetmate Ocean Village One ship (currently Pacific Pearl).
  • In 2010, the Ocean Village Holidays company ceased operations. In November the vessel was refurbished in Singapore (at Sembawang Shipyards), renamed “Pacific Jewel” and started a South Pacific itinerary program with departures from Sydney Australia.
  • August 27, 2010, the ship was used for filming a series of the Neighbours (an Australian TV soap opera). Filming sessions took place on the ship’s Sun Deck 14 (on and around the jogging track and the circus arena).
  • The vessel’s flag-state (registry) was changed in 1992 (from Palermo Italy to Monrovia Liberia), in 2000 (to Hamilton Bermuda), in 2002 (to London UK), in 2004 (to Genova Italy) and in 2007 (to London UK).
  • October 18, 2010, the vessel developed a propulsion system fault, resulting in reduced cruising speed. One of its stabilisers (retractable fins mounted in the hull beneath waterline) malfunctioned, and the ship had to enter dry-dock (at Garden Island) for repairs. The next 3 scheduled cruises were cancelled. Their itineraries were Oct 18 (Vanuatu and New Caledonia), Oct 26 (Melbourne Cup 2010 themed voyage) and Nov 13 (Fiji Islands). All booked passengers received a full refund, plus a 25% future P&O Australia cruise booking discount.
  • May 20, 2016, the ship owner Carnival Corporation was fined USD 15000 by EPA (Environment Protection Authority, NSW Australia) for breaching the Sydney Harbour’s low-sulphur fuel regulations. The ship was docked at White Bay Cruise Terminal (February 2016) and when the emissions were tested, they showed 3-times higher sulphur levels. According to the Sydney port’s new regulations, cruise ships docking in Sydney Harbour are required to use low-sulphur fuel (changing fuel type) within 1 hour of docking until 1 hour before departure. Carnival Australia (the company that operates P&O Australia) appealed the fine.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • September 6, 2016, a 79-year-old female passenger died from infectious diarrhea during a gastroenteritis illness outbreak on the ship. The accident occurred during a 10-night round-trip Queensland cruise from Sydney (itinerary Sept 6-16) visiting Airlie Beach, Yorkeys, Port Douglas, Willis Island, and Brisbane. The elderly woman (Margaret Carlson, of Australian origin, resident of Terrigal, NSW) was traveling together with her daughter (Vanessa D’Souza) and grandson. As gastroenteritis is not a “notifiable” health condition, there is no obligation for the cruise ship to report gastro outbreaks.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • August 12, 2012 (law news), a 50-year-old female passenger filed a lawsuit against P&O Australia for sexual harassment. The incident occurred in November 2011 during a singing competition hosted on the ship, which operated on a 10-days South Pacific Islands itinerary from homeport Sydney Australia. The woman (Kate Strahan, working as a nurse in Sydney) took part in the finals of the singing contest performing the Tina Turner’s song “River Deep Mountain High” (a single recorded in 1966). After the performance, she was interviewed live backstage. The interview was shown on 3 large-size LED screens to an audience of ~1200 passengers. During the interview, one of the judges touched and kissed her breasts on the screen. The total claim exceeded AUD 1 million. The P&O company dismissed the case, arguing that the incident occurred in international waters (outside Australia).
  • April 21, a 66-year-old female passenger was medevaced while the ship was off the northeastern coast of Queensland Australia. The woman broke both her legs and also sustained hip injuries after falling onboard. The ship was on a 4-day cruise (itinerary April 20-24) roundtrip from Sydney NSW to Moreton Island (Queensland). She was airlifted and transported to Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane Queensland).

MV Pacific Jewel current position

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