On Monday, a cruise ship will enter Sydney Harbour for the first time in more than two years when P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer sails through the heads.
While the ship’s first sailing isn’t until May 31, this marks a momentous day for New South Wales and for Australia’s cruise industry. The ship will pass through Sydney Heads at about 9:30am before reaching the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay at about 10:30, with many expected to be watching on.
The NSW government has laid out rules for the return of cruise, including: all passengers over 12 years old must be fully vaccinated; a negative COVID-19 test result is required for embarkation; and COVID-safe plans for shore excursions.
President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia Marguerite Fitzgerald said Pacific Explorer’s return is a huge symbolic victory for all those affected by the ban.
“Seeing Pacific Explorer sail into Sydney Harbour will be an emotional moment for our employees, many thousands of guests and our numerous cruise suppliers, travel agents and entertainers.
“For our suppliers and for so many others, our flagship’s arrival is a symbol of the resurgence of their businesses and livelihoods as hope and optimism replaces uncertainty.
“Our supply chain team is already gearing up to deliver hundreds of pallets to Pacific Explorer containing locally supplied fresh produce, wine and other products necessary for cruise operations. This is just the beginning of the revitalisation of the wide and varied cruising ecosystem.”
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