Viking Orion ship stranded off the coast of Australia due to fungus outbreak

   December 30, 2022 ,   Accidents

Travelers hoping to enjoy a holiday voyage instead found themselves stranded off the Australian coast due to a fungus outbreak onboard Viking OCEAN's 980-passenger ship Viking Orion. The boat was refused entry at multiple ports and remained stuck at sea for 5 days due to a fungus outbreak in the hull.

The vessel was originally supposed to sail from Sydney NSW Australia to Auckland NZ and then to New Zealand's capital Wellington but was blocked from entering Wellington and later from Lyttelton-Christchurch.

Viking Orion then headed to Hobart Tasmania but was again blocked from entering the port.

Viking Orion cruise ship

The ship sailed to Adelaide on Australia's southern coast, but passengers were informed they would not be stopping there but would instead anchor ~17 mi / 27 km off the coast. 

Once anchored, divers will be sent out to clean the underwater hull portion with the hope that the vessel will then be allowed to dock in Melbourne (Victoria Australia).