A P&O Cruises ship has been forced to divert its route and a number of Air New Zealand flights were cancelled as Cyclone Hola continued to disturb the South Pacific.
The Pacific Explorer cruise ship has been forced to make a detour in order to avoid an accident as what began as a small storm soon transformed into a cyclone.
Meanwhile, a couple of Air New Zealand flights have been cancelled this morning, as Hola heads for North Island.
Flights affected are from Northland to Auckland, but those flying with Air New Zealand are currently advised to keep up to date there, as further delays could be expected.
The cyclone looks like it is weakening, but New Zealand weather bureau MetService, said it was hard to track. It is expected to move fast to the southeast of New Zealand on Tuesday, March 13.
Flights and cruises are being affected and travelers are being forced to lay low until the wild weather passes.
Over the weekend the Department of Foreign Affairs issued warnings and announced it was watching the weather “very closely”.
For other Pacific Explorer accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.