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Sapphire Princess encounters whale incident

Date Posted: 14 Aug 2009
Holidaymakers recently enjoying a break on board a vessel from Princess Cruises were witnesses to an unfortunate incident involving a whale.

The Sapphire Princess pulled into a harbour in Vancouver, following a trip to Alaska, only to find a fin whale impaled on its bow.

It is currently unknown if the second largest whale species was alive when it made contact with the vessel, although it is fact that these incidents happen sparingly.

Princess Cruises said in a statement: "It is unknown how or when this could have happened, as we have strict whale avoidance procedures in place when our ships are in the vicinity of marine life."

Meanwhile, cruise passengers also took pictures of the animal and looked in awe at how small the animal seemed in comparison with the 116,000-tonne ship.

There are more than 740 balcony staterooms on board the Sapphire Princess, alongside four "sparkling" swimming pools.

Holidaymakers may prefer to enjoy a massage in the Loftus Spa or generally wander around looking for gifts for family members in one of a number of boutiques.

Written by Chris SmithADNFCR-657-ID-19314241-ADNFCR

Sapphire Princess encounters whale incident

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