What is the Sun Princess Norovirus Class Action about?
Shine Lawyers has filed a class action against Carnival Plc, trading as P&O Cruises (Carnival), over successive alleged outbreaks of norovirus on several voyages of the Sun Princess cruise ship between 5 December 2016 and 26 February 2017.
It is alleged that due to norovirus outbreaks on eight successive voyages (listed below) Carnival failed to provide cruises fit for their intended purpose, breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
The class action claims compensation and damages for passengers, regardless of whether or not they fell ill.
The compensation and damages may include a refund of the price of the cruise, consequential losses and damages for distress and disappointment.
If you were a passenger on any of the Sun Princess voyages listed below, you are encouraged to register for this class action.
Can I join the Sun Princess Norovirus Class Action?
You are eligible to sign up to the class action if you were a passenger on one of the following Sun Princess voyages – regardless of whether or not you fell ill:
Fremantle, 5 December 2016 to 18 December 2016 (S622P)
Margaret River, 18 December 2016 to 21 December 2016 (S623)
Indonesia, 21 December 2016 to 5 January 2017 (S701)
Margaret River, 5 January 2017 to 8 January 2017 (S702)
Northern Australia, 8 January 2017 to 22 January 2017 (S703)
Papua New Guinea, 22 January 2017 to 2 February 2017 (S704)
New Zealand, 2 February 2017 to 16 February 2017 (S705)
South Pacific, 16 February 2017 to 26 February 2017 (S706)
If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria, please contact us so that we can provide you with further assistance regarding your legal rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is norovirus?
Norovirus may result in an upset stomach or intestinal inflammation, often causing diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain or nausea. Symptoms often last between one and three days, and may result in dehydration, which can be dangerous for the young or elderly, or those who are already suffering from an illness.
Norovirus is highly contagious, particularly in closed environments where there is an increased chance of the virus spreading through contaminated food or drink, or touching objects or people who are infected.
What is a class action?
When Governments, large companies or institutions do the wrong thing and people are harmed or suffer loss as a result, an individual can have little to no means of bringing a legal claim.
Class actions are an important mechanism within Australia’s legal system that allow large groups of people to come together to pursue a claim collectively.
For a class action to take place, there are three criteria that need to be met:
There must be 7 or more people that have claims against the same defendant; and
The claims relate to the same or similar circumstances; and
The claim must relate to at least one common issue of law or fact.
For more information about how class actions resolve, click here.
How long do class actions take to resolve?
It can take up to several years for a class action to resolve. The time taken from case commencement through to resolution and settlement administration depends on the particular case, and the nature of the claim.
For more information about class actions and how they work, click here.
Does it cost anything to join a class action?
Shine Lawyers is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, has access to justice. We run our class actions in a way that means you are not exposed to any costs or financial risk, so joining a class action will cost you nothing.
When a class action is successful, the legal fees and costs to run the class action are deducted from the settlement amount that is approved by the Court. If the class action is unsuccessful, we will ensure there are no out-of-pocket costs to you.
Will my contact details be kept private?
Yes, your contact details will remain confidential and we will seek your consent before disclosing any of your personal information (including before such disclosure is required by the Court).
Shine Lawyers will only use your personal information strictly for the purpose of the legal proceedings.
Meet the Sun Princess Norovirus Class Action team
Shine Lawyers’ Sun Princess Norovirus Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced litigators, solicitors and support staff. You can learn more about the team running this class action by clicking on their profile below.