Cruise Ship Experiences Onboard Fire, Passengers Evacuate Cabins

Photo Source: 9 News

In the early hours of Sunday, May 28, 2023, at around 3:30 a.m. local time, a distressing incident unfolded aboard the Pacific Adventure, a vessel operated by P&O Cruises Australia. While the ship was en route off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on a 3-night "Comedy Cruise" with no planned stops, a fire suddenly erupted. Responding to the alarming situation, passengers were instructed to vacate their staterooms and gather at their designated muster stations.

The diligent efforts of the ship's fire response team resulted in successfully extinguishing the fire, and fortunately, no injuries were reported. By approximately 5 a.m., the emergency was officially declared over, granting guests permission to return to their staterooms.

Although four cabins on the ship suffered damage, the full extent of the destruction and the initial cause of the fire have yet to be determined. The cruise line's official statement acknowledged the ongoing investigation into the incident: "The extent of the damage and the cause of the fire is yet to be fully determined and remain under investigation."

Despite the incident, the ship's itinerary remains unaffected. The Pacific Adventure embarked from Sydney a mere 12 hours before commencing its 3-night "Comedy Cruise" with no planned ports of call. The voyage continues as planned, and the ship is expected to return to Sydney on Tuesday, May 30.

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It remains uncertain whether the subsequent cruise, a 10-night roundtrip "Discover Vanuatu" journey, will be affected. This voyage is scheduled to include stops at ports in both New Caledonia and Vanuatu.


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