Australia’s cruise ship ban is ready to run out – however it will not all be clean crusing | Cruises
On December 17, the Australian government’s naval ban is nearing completion. Since the Ruby Princess crash, which resulted in the deaths of 28 people and 854 riders taking Covid-19, suspended trips have been suspended in Australia.
Rail companies hope to promote fewer people and fewer restrictions mean they can re-start in Australia soon. But many – including epidemiologists and their providers – are urging caution.
Much is still in the air. Here’s what we know about these companies and what can happen when they start again.
Where are the travel destinations?
There are several tours starting March 2021, where there are tickets to buy.
Royal Caribbean is selling a two-day ticket on March 13, 2021 which will depart and return to Brisbane.
Company Princess, which hosted the tragedy Ruby Princess, is offering a two-day trip on 23 October 2021 at the 2,670-power Sapphire Princess, from Sydney to Melbourne.
There is also a three-day tour scheduled for October 29 at Coral Princess, from Sydney to Newcastle to Brisbane.
Most dates are set for a few months, and Princess recently sold the December 2021 highway.
Even before this, the Viking pilot was selling tickets for a cruise from Sydney to Bali, departing on March 3rd.
If it continues, it takes 14 days and costs $ 7,995 at the lowest possible price.
However, at present there is a ban on foreign travel for all Australians (except for certain requirements, reasons for employment and employment).
This means that there are currently bans on overseas trips, and trips like Viking can be banned. A Viking spokesman told Guardian Australia that the company was “reviewing all Q1 traffic and was upgrading all properly booked passengers”.
The general manager of Australia’s Cruise Lines International Association, Joel Katz, told Guardian Australia that the business should look at home routes first.
Katz described 2021 as a “resumption of careful, gradual”.
“Initially this affected Australian navigation only after international borders were closed,” he said.
“This could include road trips for civilians, government borders, and restrictions on travel. In due course, this could be extended to anyone passing through Tasman or the regional ‘foam’. ”
What should he care about?
Katz has promised that all road trips will require a Covid-19 test for both riders and crew before boarding.
The consortium has provided new alternatives to road trips, including:
Ships, passengers and crew will be in solitary confinement for 14 days upon their return to Australia.
Travelers are required to state their health information and review their history.
Daily temperatures are monitored by riders and staff.
A few high numbers.
Restrictions on location and height of climbers.
There are no voluntary buffets.
Ways to breathe fresh air.
Starting abruptly and descending to reduce the amount.
Australians here are barred from going on holiday on the other side, yet a pilot sells tickets for a trip from Sydney to Bali in March 2021. Photo: James D Morgan / Getty Images
Will it start again?
It depends. Home visits can start from December 17, if the ban expires.
This is uncertain, and shipping companies say they do not know if they will actually be upgraded. The ban was due to end on September 17, but on September 3 the health minister, Greg Hunt, announced an extension.
And even though the ban has been lifted, the ships are now overseas, mainly in the Philippines, and it will take some time for them to be returned to Australia.
Maritime companies are making plans, but their voyages are “flexible” and could fail or be modified.
Katz told the Guardian Australia: “These companies will need to be heard from governments and health officials before the re-appointment deadline, which is why we need an agreed-upon approach to restart the workforce.
“Overseas travel in 2021 and beyond can be secured, and many travel destinations have developed innovative ways to give their customers confidence that is currently uncertain.”
A Carnival spokesman, who runs the Princess and Carnival tours, said: “The first Princess Cruises tours are not planned until the spring of 2021 but based on what has happened it is possible that some sea routes could be resumed even earlier.”
Who will be?
Prior to the Covid-19 epidemic, passenger ships were carrying large numbers of immigrants – many of whom were traveling from all over the world to various ports.
The riders on the Ruby Princess, for example, came from the US and the UK, although the ship only traveled from Australia to New Zealand.
Katz said the 2021 trips would also include international workers, but had been tested and isolated in Australia before.
“Landmarks provide an opportunity to practice in advance and exclude crew members to return to Australia,” he said.
Is it safe?
Medical doctor Dr Fiona Stanaway from the University of Sydney told Guardian Australia that safety measures “could reduce the risk” but “could not eliminate it”.
“Covid testing can sometimes come back with negative consequences for people living with HIV, especially in the early stages of the disease,” he said. “Temperature monitoring can also miss people because not all people with Covid have a fever and there will be people without Covid who get too hot.”
Stanaway said cruises are always “dangerous” compared to other incidents.
“If you have a lot of people in these places then they are at risk of contracting the virus,” he said. “Having 1,000 people together, say, in a playground for a few hours is very different from having 1,000 people together for one week in a good place.”
He also said that international travel “could be at high risk due to high Covid-19 prices in some countries”.
“The risks are minimal on the long-distance trips that only take passengers up to Australia, using Australian people (or formerly different countries) and stop in Australia – but that was not possible.”