We just received the following statement from Karen Candy at Princess Cruises regarding the delay:
"On Monday, Nov. 10, as the ship was sailing from Papeete, Tahiti to Los Angeles, a crew member suffered a serious medical condition requiring emergency surgery.
Because of the severity of his situation, as well as the fact that the ship was on a long seven-day sea passage to Los Angeles with no typical options for shore transport (e.g. Coast Guard, naval and other cruise line ships), we made the decision to return back several hundred miles to reach the nearest island with medical facilities – Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. The crew member was then transferred to a hospital in Papeete where a successful life-saving surgery was performed and he is expected to fully recover. This diversion has delayed the ship’s arrival into Los Angeles by a day, affecting guests currently onboard and guests on the next sailing. Princess Cruises has notified all impacted guests and is providing assistance with hotel accommodations, flight changes and, for embarking passengers, a refund for the time missed onboard, along with other onboard credits.
We are sorry this incident has impacted our guests’ vacations and are grateful for their understanding given the circumstances. The safety and well-being of our crew and guests is our top priority.
Separately, the ship began seeing an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses, or the stomach flu, (often referred to as norovirus). In response, we have enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols, which includes an extensive deep cleaning in Los Angeles on Sunday before the ship embarks on its next voyage."
Hope that helps