SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 6, 2018) –
Having flown the coop for a cruise adventure of her own, Harri the stowaway
galah, a rose-breasted female cockatoo native to Australia, has been returned
to her family by Princess Cruises for
a joy-filled reunion at the Portside Cruise Terminal in Brisbane.
The adventure all started as Michelle and
Brett Cozzi along with four-year-old daughter Georgia were packing for a cruise
vacation. The Cozzi's beloved bird, Harri, was accidentally set free from her
cage and flew away from the suburban town of Nundah, Queensland, Australia and
presumed never to be seen again. The family was devastated, but little did they
know, Harri was about to take a cruise vacation of her own.
Sea Princess, one of Princess
Cruises 17 ships, was sailing the Tasman Sea when crew members came across the
beautiful bird. Officers had Harri scanned for a microchip, and discovered the
bird was family pet. The officers made her an honorary crew member with her own
laminated crew identification card. Harri enjoyed the remainder of her cruise
vacation on Sea Princess complete with her own stateroom, daily meals and
Meanwhile, as the Cozzi family was enjoying
their cruise on sister line P&O's Pacific Aria off Queensland, word was
received from Australian Agriculture Department officials that Harri had been
found, and to the entire family's shock, was on her own cruise adventure to New
Once back on land and awaiting her return,
the Cozzi family learned of Harri's fantastic journey. During her 14-day New Zealand
cruise odyssey, Sea Princess Environmental Officer Tibor Filipovic was Harri's
friendly onboard guardian under the watchful eye of the ship's Master, Princess
Cruises Commodore Giuseppe Romano, as they followed the strict biosecurity
guidelines that enabled fully fledged Australian bird citizen Harri to return
Commodore Romano and Environmental Officer
Filipovic said they were pleased to be able to care for Harri during her stay
on Sea Princess, and looked forward to returning her to her Brisbane family,
despite the crew who has grown fond of their Aussie shipmate.
"The entire ship's company has come to love
Harri and she has been a very good shipmate and no trouble at all," Commodore
Romano said. "But we could also see that Harri was missing her human family, so
it was a great pleasure to be able to reunite them."
As the journey came to an end, the Cozzi
family delivered Harri's birdcage to the terminal where Sea Princess docked,
and then waited patiently while Harri received a pre-disembarkation veterinary
check, which, as expected, she passed with flying colors.
"We are very excited to have Harri home
because she is a much loved member and indispensable part of our family,"
Michelle Cozzi said. "We'd hoped for her safe return but after Harri had been
gone for a few days, it wasn't looking good. It was amazing to discover she had
been found on another cruise ship. It was just the best news possible."
Harri's return is the result of a joint
effort by Princess Cruises, the Sea Princess crew, and government authorities
on both sides of the Tasman Sea. The groups worked together to ensure
biosecurity requirements were strictly followed so that Harri could come
"We are pleased to contribute to such a
positive outcome in a story that has captured the imagination of so many people
here and around the world," said Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises senior vice
president. "The Sea Princess team set the scene for today's family reunion
with the professional way in which they responded to Harri's discovery on their
"It has also been a great pleasure to work
cooperatively with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries and the
Australian Department of Agriculture to happily resolve Harri's stowaway
This story goes to show that not only people
‘flock' to Princess Cruises.
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best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries two million guests
each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150
itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of
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