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P&O Cruises Kimberley itinerary impacted by two tropical storms


The line acted quickly and made decisions to keep all passengers and crew safe.

P&O Cruises reacted swiftly when Pacific Explorer was sandwiched between storms.

Cruise passengers have been offered onboard compensation after their ship got caught between two massive storm cells off the coast of Western Australia.

The 1,998-guest Pacific Explorer set sail from Fremantle on April 8 for a nine-night ‘Kimberley Coast Adventure’, calling at Exmouth, Kimberley Coast and Broome.

According to a report on cruisehive.com, P&O was forced to alter the itinerary due to the development of multiple storm systems, including Tropical Cyclone Ilsa, off Australia’s western coast.

“Unfortunately, the only option is to return to Fremantle via a slower, more indirect route to avoid the worst of the weather systems,” the company said in an e-mail to passengers.

All guests were provided with $125 of non-refundable onboard credit as the ship continued its planned arrival back into Fremantle on April 17, instead making two stops in Exmouth to give passengers another opportunity to explore the coastal Western Australia township.

Poor weather can often impact cruise itineraries with ships forced to sail around or away from storms in light of safety concerns.

Most cruise lines work closely with meteorologists and weather forecasters in order to have the latest information and predictions based on the most accurate data.

P&O Cruises’ booking terms and conditions state that itineraries are not guaranteed, with safety never compromised in pursuit of the published schedule.

Pacific Explorer will now continue cruising from Fremantle until mid-May before she moves to Cairns until the end of June. She will then sail a short season from Auckland until the end of November before returning to Australia.

Explorer is the fleet’s flagship and was the first cruise ship to return to Australian waters after the industry-wide shut down ended in April last year.


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 18 April 2023

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