The first cruise ship returns to Sydney after more than two years

First cruise for over two years it will sail into Sydney Harbor this morning.

P&O Australia’s Pacific Explorer will receive a special welcome after returning to Australia from Limassol in Cyprus, via Singapore.

Two tugboats with water cannons stand ready to perform a special “ballet” to welcome the ship, which was empty except for the crew.

It can carry 1,998 passengers and 924 crew members.

P&O Australia’s Pacific Explorer in Sydney. (SMH)

Marguerite Fitzgerald, President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, and David Elliott, NSW Minister for Transport, will welcome the ship.

However, it will not depart on its first cruise with passengers until May 31, making the first call at the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal on June 2.

The return of cruise ships will bring a much-needed injection of cash into the $5bn industry that supports 18,000 Australian jobs.

In addition, they will allow cruise addicted to enjoying the vacations they love. A total of 1.35 million Australians took a cruise in 2018.

More ships will gradually return to Australia in the coming months, although some companies canceled cruises months in advance because a resumption was uncertain.

The Pacific Explorer is scheduled to enter Sydney Heads at 9:30 a.m., pass the Opera House at 10:20 a.m. and dock next to the Overseas Passenger Terminal at 10:30 a.m.

Cruise fans have been invited to welcome him by gathering around the port.

Almost 30 passengers in the ruby princess The ship died after the coronavirus spread on board at the start of the pandemic, with NSW Health blamed after it traversed the country as passengers disembarked.
The Ruby Princess cruise ship, which was the source of hundreds of coronavirus cases in Australia, sets sail from Port Kembla, NSW, with its remaining crew, in April 2020. (Janie Barrett)

Cruise Lines International Association managing director for Australasia Joel Katz said the new broad health rules would allow for a gradual revival.

“The end of the cruise ship suspension is a huge milestone and will be celebrated by the many thousands of Australians whose livelihoods depend on cruising,” he said.

Victoria was the first state to outline its rules for cruise ships.

Cruise passengers over 12 years of age must have at least double vaccination and all crew members triple vaccination according to the new protocols.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 or anyone with a valid medical exemption may travel, but must not represent more than five percent of the ship’s passengers.

Passengers must also test negative for COVID-19 Before boarding and in case of boarding with symptoms, you must return another negative PCR test that same day.

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