November 12, 2014
(10:30 a.m. EST) - Crown Princess' arrival into Los Angeles Saturday is expected to be delayed by one day due to a medical evacuation.
The ship was sailing from Papeete, Tahiti, on a 28-day itinerary, when a crew member suffered "a serious medical emergency" requiring shoreside medical care.
"Due to the ship's position out at sea, typical options for shore transport including support from area Coast Guard, naval and other cruise line ships were not available," Princess Cruises spokesperson Karen Candy told Cruise Critic.
A decision was made to divert 380 miles to reach the nearest island with medical facilities -- Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands -- where the crew member was transferred to an onshore hospital.
Crown Princess is now slated to arrive in LA on November 16. Onboard passengers have been provided with free phone calls and internet access to make any necessary changes to travel arrangements as a result of the delay.
Those who booked flights independently will need to contact their agent or airline to rebook and then submit the change fee to Princess Cruises for reimbursement consideration.
The cruise line has also notified passengers booked on the next sailing, which was scheduled to depart LA on November 15. The line has assisted them with hotel accommodation and flight changes, as well as a one-day per diem refund, onboard credit and a future cruise credit, Candy said.
--By Louise Goldsbury, Editor, Cruise Critic Australia