NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet is keen to resume cruises following the ban on the more than 18-month holiday, while the Federal Government said there was “no reason” they should not resume this summer.
Mr Perrottet said he was “currently in talks with the Federal Government” and, at the first indication, a move could be made soon after months of campaigning by the industry.
“I know they’re passionate about it, and the Prime Minister had spoken to former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian about getting back on track,” he said.
“I very much agree with that.
“We’re very open to doing that and working with the Federal Government to bring cruise ship back. I know the Prime Minister is incredibly passionate about that, too.”
A Federal Government spokesperson told 9News: “Once 80 percent vaccination is achieved, there is no reason why domestic and international cruises should not begin, similar to the opening of international aviation this summer.”
Joel Katz, Managing Director of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australia, described the news as “encouraging” and said further talks are needed.
“It’s very encouraging to hear governments discuss cruise plans and we look forward to further participation,” he said.
“We need to have detailed discussions between governments, health officials and cruise lines so that an agreed framework can be established to support future cruise operations.
“The most recent cruise cancellations we’ve seen are the result of uncertain cruise faces in Australia, but there are no agreed-upon plans for a restart.
“Australia is one of the only major cruise markets in the world where governments do not have detailed plans for future cruise operations.”
Meanwhile, a cruising The company has allowed fans to join a “virtual” cruise via Facebook – another company has canceled some of its biggest cruises until next year due to continued uncertainty.
P&O Cruises Australia welcomed guests at Pacific Adventure, now docked in Italy, to enjoy comedy music and Facebook chats.
The company canceled its travels until mid-January.
Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises Australia, said there was “a serious serious message” behind the fun event.
“Governments have made it very clear that vaccine thresholds are key to ending lockdowns, border restrictions and ultimately reopening Australia,” Myrmell said. Said.
“And part of a return to normal society is ensuring that the more than one million Australians who choose a cruise holiday each year have the opportunity to do so again.
“Unfortunately, we are not yet clear on the requirements of governments and public health officials for the gradual return of domestic cruises, but we are hopeful that these conversations will gain momentum as there is real momentum around community reopening.”
As reported earlier this month, cruising Officials say fans will be allowed to board an overseas vessel before sailing again in Australia.
The Cruise Lines International Association described the situation as “ridiculous”.
Their anger isn’t just about the holidays – 18,000 Australian jobs, backed by a $5 billion industry, are under threat.
Meanwhile, the Royal Caribbean cruise line has canceled sailings of its mega-ship Ovation of the Seas until the end of March next year.
“A clear path for the return of the cruise has yet to be determined by the Australian Government,” he wrote on Facebook.
Sea voyages will require vaccination and testing, with detailed recommended safety plans.
CLIA said two million people in the rest of the world are taking cruises as pandemic rules ease.
According to the NSW Port Authority, 1240 cruise ships visited 47 Australian ports in 2019.
Passengers, crew and cruise companies spent $2.5 billion, and Sydney is the main port as well as regional areas benefited.
cruise ship ruby princess It was linked to a major outbreak at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which 28 passengers died from the virus.
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