Cruise ships set to return to NSW waters

NSW is set to welcome the first international cruise ships back to its waters in more than two years.

From April 17, the Federal Government will lift the Biosecurity Determination which banned cruising in Australian waters for the last two years.

Before the pandemic, the cruise industry contributed an estimated $3.3 billion total expenditure to the NSW economy with 1.6 million cruise passengers visiting Sydney in 2017/18.

“I cannot wait to see cruise ships safely re-enter our state’s harbours and our local businesses welcome back those seafaring travellers,” Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said.

“For the most part, a cruise experience will be a lot like it was before the pandemic, but we have put important protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety, both those on board and on shore.

“Not only is this announcement important to industry and their passengers, cruising supports our tourism operators, hospitality industry and all those local suppliers who help with the enormous task of re-supplying ships.”

Passengers over the age of 12 and crew will need to be fully vaccinated and be required to have a negative Covid test before embarkation.

“The protocols we have put in place are such that we are confident ships can return to our shores without compromising public health or safety,” said Transport Minister David Elliott.