Golden Princess docked in Melbourne Tuesday morning (March 22) "after hundreds of passengers were struck down with gastro." The ship was on a 2-week cruise of Vanuatu & New Caledonia

9News newspaper in Australia reported that "more than 300 passengers" onboard the Princess Cruises ship were believed to have been affected with gastrointestinal illness.

Golden Princess


A spokesman for the line praised the crew and medical personnel of the ship who handled what was believed to be norovirus.

In the last couple of month, Princess Cruises experienced a number of gastro outbreaks, on the Crown Princess, Diamond Princess and Ocean Princess. The line has experienced the most gastrointestinal outbreaks during the last decade - more than 20. 

For reports on other Golden Princess ship accidents see at You can also read the CruiseMinus' article with extensive statistical information on Noro virus outbreaks on cruise ships.