Pacific Dawn Forced to Stay at Sea Due to Tropical Cyclone Oma

By ,   February 22, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

Passengers onboard a P&O Cruises ship were forced to stay an extra night at sea because of rough conditions caused by Tropical Cyclone Oma.

Pacific Dawn was out in calmer waters close to New Caledonia, unable to sail through the high winds and hard sea conditions to make her scheduled arrival in Brisbane on Saturday, February 23.

P&O said the vessel would call in Noumea today, February 22.

Other cruise ships were impacted as the tropical cyclone bears down on Australia's east coast.

Pacific Dawn cruise ship

The next scheduled cruise of Pacific Dawn, a 3-day itinerary from Brisbane, was canceled.

Pacific Explorer's journey from Sydney to NSW Sapphire Coast is due to change its route to avoid Oma's effects.

P&O also said that Arcadia would extend her stay in Sydney until Sunday, February 24, and was expected to be in the port of Brisbane on Tuesday, February 26.

The company said that Oma had “significantly affected” Brisbane's port operations.