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"Shabby cruise to nowhere": Ocean liner is too dirty – and not allowed to dock

2023-11-29T15:37:21.948Z

Highlights: "Shabby cruise to nowhere": Ocean liner is too dirty – and not allowed to dock. 290 meters long, 36 meters wide, space for over 2,600 passengers. Cruise ship was on its way from Sydney, Australia, to New Zealand. Due to strict biosecurity laws, the cruise ship was not able to dock in New Zealand in the first place. As a result, the ship had to stay off the coast for an indefinite period of time. The resentment of those affected was great.



Status: 29.11.2023, 16:33 PM

By: Yannick Hanke

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Big shock for the passengers of a cruise ship: The ocean liner was not allowed to head for the destination port. The resentment is huge.

Sydney – For many people, holidays mean being able to switch off from time to time. Get out of everyday life, sometimes into your swimming trunks. If you like it particularly luxurious, treat yourself to a trip on a cruise ship. Not always cheap, but you can sit back and relax for the duration of the trip.

It's just a shame if the holiday on the cruise ship doesn't go as hoped. Most recently, it happened on a trip with the ocean liner P&O Pacific Adventure. 290 meters long, 36 meters wide, space for over 2,600 passengers. Their mood was quickly spoiled when the cruise ship was not allowed to dock at its destination port. Meanwhile, frustration also arose among the cruise passenger, who criticized an alleged eating rule.

Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand: Ocean liner is too dirty – and is not allowed to dock at destination port

As reported by the Guardian, among others, the P&O Pacific Adventure was on its way from Sydney, Australia, to New Zealand. However, due to strict biosecurity laws, the cruise ship was not allowed to dock in New Zealand in the first place. In concrete terms, this means that the hull of the ocean giant was simply too dirty. As a result, the cruise ship had to stay off the coast for an indefinite period of time.

Because the hull of the P&O Pacific Adventure was too dirty, the cruise ship was not allowed to dock in New Zealand – much to the displeasure of the passengers. © imago/Assembly

Of course, this was a bitter blow for the passengers of the P&O Pacific Adventure and their holiday plans. They also felt the consequences physically. "I feel sorry for all the people who get seasick, we had five to 10 metre waves almost every day," one passenger told the Guardian. To make matters worse, the people on the cruise ship also had to prepare for choppy waters – for an indefinite period of time. An uncertainty that was also experienced by the passengers of a cruise who were confronted with maximum temperatures.

Shells and corals on the hull of the cruise ship spoil the journey for passengers

The fact that the P&O Pacific Adventure was not allowed to dock in New Zealand in the first place was due to the country's strict biosecurity laws. Under special conditions, these can prevent mooring. As it is said, three young mussels and special coral species were the "culprits" in the specific case. However, as the diving conditions were worse than expected, the mandatory cleaning of the cruise ship's hull could not be carried out.

Ports in Auckland and Wellington, as well as Fiordland National Park, were to be visited by the P&O Pacific Adventure on its round trip to New Zealand from 20 November to 3 December. However, the cruise ship's passengers had to postpone their plans. According to the Guardian, some passengers on the ocean liner wanted to celebrate their birthday or wedding anniversary. It was even considered to get married in certain places in New Zealand. None of this could take place. Accordingly, the disappointment and resentment of those affected were great.

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"My wife and I are on this shabby cruise to nowhere": Violent reactions to travel disaster

On a Facebook page set up especially for the cruise, passengers were given a platform to vent their frustrations. "Many people from different countries only have the opportunity to visit New Zealand once in a lifetime, we could have taken flights, but we chose P&O because we trusted you," read one of the comments, which quite clearly expresses the author's feelings.

Some passengers also couldn't resist spiteful remarks. "My wife and I are on this seedy cruise to nowhere," another comment read.

Probably the most emotional contribution was to be made by a new wife, who made no secret of her great disappointment due to the spoiled cruise. "Why couldn't they [P&O] arrange to clean the hull before departure? This was our honeymoon cruise to New Zealand (...) We are very disappointed and sad because we were looking forward to spending our honeymoon in beautiful New Zealand. (...) We will never get this opportunity again, because we only have one honeymoon together."

Frustration that is all too understandable. On another cruise, there was a shocking moment when a passenger fell from the ship into the sea.

After "outcry of the passengers": Cruise company must accommodate guests financially

For the cruise company, there was no alternative to offering compensation to the passengers. As an immediate response to the numerous complaints from passengers about the ultimately disappointing trip with the P&O Pacific Adventure, a 50 percent discount was initially offered for future cruises.

This caused an "outcry from the passengers". Once again, the cruise company P&O saw it as its duty: it made a new offer to the angry and frustrated passengers. In addition to an onboard credit of 300 dollars (about 180 euros) per person, the company offered a refund. But also only a small consolation for the people who wanted to experience and celebrate special moments on the cruise. And it's all because of a few shells and corals. (han)

Source: merkur

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