Strong winds and 20-foot waves are preventing the Coral Princess cruise ship with more than 2,000 passengers onboard from safely docking in the Australian port. Last week, the ship reported 120 cases of Covid-19.
Now, its 2,000-plus passengers are stranded at sea. The ship was supposed to dock in Brisbane at 7 AM local time Friday, the last day of its week long voyage, with stops along the Queensland and New South Wales coasts, but bad weather has made that impossible.
It’s unclear when the ship will be able to dock. The Port of Brisbane is closed a Princess Cruises spokesman told The Daily Mail Australia, citing adverse weather conditions associated with the East Coast Low off Queensland.
The ship’s arrival and reopening of the port will depend on when conditions improve. The ship has been hit with waves measuring roughly 20 feet, according to passenger footage cited by The Daily Mail.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for winds with gusts up to roughly 55 miles per hour, for parts of the southern Queensland coast Friday. Princess Cruises did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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