Voyager of the Seas was forced to abandon her planned sailing through the Pacific Islands after 3 staff members were diagnosed with influenza and the vessel was denied entry to Vanuatu.
The 4000-passenger cruise ship left Sydney NSW on Tuesday, February 25, for an 11-day voyage through the South Pacific. However, when 3 members of staff tested positive for influenza A, Vanuatu authorities decided to refuse entry to the liner which will now modify her course.
A spokeswoman for the company said Saturday morning that out of an abundance of caution, the crew members would temporarily remain in isolation under medical supervision.
Instead of the planned trip which included a number of ports in New Caledonia and Vanuatu's Vila and Mystery Island, the ship is making her way to New Zealand prior to returning to Sydney via Eden NSW.
Voyager OTS will visit Tauranga (March 2), Bay of Islands (March 3) and Eden (March 6), and will be back in Sydney (March 7) as per the original itinerary.