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Events at Sea by Dawn Princess

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The events listed have been reported in the public domain or to cruisejunkie by passengers or crew members onboard.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  For that reason it is necessary to be cautious in drawing conclusions from the potentially limited data.  Keep in mind that some companies may be more transparent than others about things that go wrong; conversely, some companies may be better at concealing events and thereby project an appearance that is inaccurate.  With that said, the following list is still interesting, as are the patterns when viewed separately by ship.

1.10.10 From a reader: Both vessels got away late from Sydney. Sun departed over an hour late owing to late arrival of the fuel tender for bunkering from Darling Harbour. Meanwhile round the corner at the International Passenger Terminal  Dawn got away several hours late owing to a reported external security threat . Late departures
27.9.10 The Mercury reports wild weather prevented the ship from docking at Burnie wharf this morning. This was the first cruise ship of the season, scheduled to dock at 6.30AM. The ship is now on its way to Hobart – the next scheduled stop on the ship's 28-day tour. Burnie Mayor Alvwyn Boyd was upset the cruise ship had been unable to berth so its passengers could explore the city and surrounds. "Many volunteers, tour operators and businesses spend a lot of time planning out activities for the visitors and it is disappointing for all involved," Ald Boyd said. Canceled port call
16.7.10 A poster at Princess Chatter reports on the ship's 104 day World Cruise, Sydney to Sydney, The ship missed Safaga a while ago due to engine problems. Ship left Southampton on 14 July and yesterday tried to berth at Dublin, Captain decided not to because of operational problems, high winds, so she missed Dublin. Now has 7 sea days to Boston USA. Lot of unhappy cruisers on board, such is life.
Missed port
15.6.10 From a passenger: We are on our World Cruise on the Dawn Princess. The ship has suffered  a total propulsion break down, at 5;25PM Dubai time. Currently the ship is drifting helplessly in the Gulf of Aden on the way to the Port of Safaga Egypt. The Captain made two announcements stating that the problem was a soft problem and that they were in touch with the technical division head office. Power propulsion was fully restored at 7:44pm but I will keep you fully informed of further developments. Another person writes that the ship can only do 14 knots and will be going into Port Said for repairs.
Propulsion problems
ABC News reports the ship has been turned away from Lifou, New Caledonia amid fears of swine flu after up to five people on board started showing flu-like symptoms. Swabs have been taken from the sick passengers and sent to Sydney for testing. The cruise left Sydney May 24 for a 13-day South Pacific cruise (previous port calls at Vanuatu and Fiji) and is now heading back to Sydney and will arrive on Friday.
Swine flu
The Melbourne Herald Sun reports ship was quarantined for several hours on arrival in Sydney at the end of a 35 night cruise of the Pacific amid a swine flu scare. Almost 2000 passengers, and another 900 crew, were kept on the ship for more than five hours while another 2000 passengers waiting to board were left to wait on the dock. The ship arrived at Darling Harbour at about 12pm (AEST) today, hours late due to poor weather conditions. Then, health officials were called out and the ship was locked down because four passengers with mild influenza-like symptoms were suspected to have swine flu - they underwent tests. All passengers and crew were subsequently allowed to leave the ship but told to remain in isolation in Sydney until the test results are known.
Swine flu
The ship's port call at Otago (New Zealand) was delayed because of dense fog. Rather than arriving at 8:30 AM, the ship set anchor and finally entered the habour at 11 AM. Its departure from Otago was delayed for two hours, but some shore excursions had still been disrupted.
Fog-caused delay
From a reader: On the recent repositioning from San Francisco to Sydney aboard Dawn Princess, it seemed the captain and his crew showed who was the boss on board ship a few times. Two women were removed from the ship after being caught shoplifting in the ship's boutique. Two men were removed from the ship after assaulting crew who had removed their belongings from a hogged lounger. And to round it all off another couple of men having a heated argument/fight in the laundryroom were also removed from the ship.


Illness Outbreaks at Sea by Dawn Princess

12.1.10 Sydney Morning Herald reports more than 240 Australian passengers on a cruise to New Zealand were struck down by a gastro virus. Health officials boarded the ship when it docked at Station Pier in Melbourne early yesterday to examine infection-control procedures after the outbreak caused vomiting and diarrhoea among passengers. All passengers were allowed to leave the ship which was ending its 13-night cruise in Melbourne. "The infection control officer will be checking that cleaning procedures have been carried out to prevent any further spread," said Victorian health department spokesman Graeme Walker. Carnival Australia, the company that operates the ship, confirmed the outbreak happened three days after it left Melbourne on December 29 with about 2000 passengers.
16.6.08 The ship reported 4 (0.48%) crew and 68 (3.15%) passengers had reported ill with gastrointestinal illness on a 10 day cruise to/from San Francisco.
A passengers writes that "many, many passengers" came down with gastrointestinal illness during the seven day cruise from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera. The CDC has not reported an outbreak. which requires 3% or more of passengers to report illness to the infirmary -- in the case of this ship there would need to be 60 passengers reporting ill to meet the CDC threshold. NOTE: A passenger on the cruise embarking January 20 also reports a large number of passengers with gastrointestinal illness during the cruise. CDC reports 6 (0.69%) crew and 101 (4.84%) passengers had reported ill


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