Travellers hoping to board domestic cruises early in the new year will have to scrap plans as the ban on cruise ships has been extended for a further three months.
The ban on cruise ships which was previously expected to lift on December 17 has been extended by the Federal Government to March 2021.
The ban on cruises ships came into effect on March 18 this year following the COVID outbreak in the Ruby Princess, and the ensuing handling of passengers who were allowed to disembark into NSW without appropriate screening.
The cruise had 2,700 passengers, of which over 100 were displaying symptoms. Following this over 900 people linked to the Ruby Princess tested positive.
Similarly to international flights entering Australia, the cruise ship ban came into effect under biosecurity laws.
Resumption of cruise ship travel will be reconsidered in 2021.
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