Storm-Tossed Ship Back at Sea

August 3, 2008
The storm-hit Pacific Sun has finally set sail on its next cruise -- two days after it arrived back in port following an encounter with severe weather at sea.

The 47,262-ton, 1,486 passenger P&O Cruises Australia's Pacific Sun was battered by 23 feet swells and 50 knot winds while on its return to Auckland, New Zealand last Wednesday. More than 40 people required medical attention and some passengers compared the events to "like being in a disaster movie".

Following a Maritime New Zealand and P&O Cruises safety inspection the ship was given the all clear to sail this morning -- it eventually left Auckland at around 9 p.m. local time for its revised New Caledonia sailing.

New Zealand's TVNZ has reported that 60 passengers cancelled and received refunds for the rest of the trip and that those who chose to stay aboard will receive a 20 percent discount after two nights were cut from the voyage. All storm-affected passengers will be offered a 25 percent reduction on the price of a future cruise.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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