The State Government is finally lifting COVID-era protocols for cruises.
Masks and COVID vaccinations will no longer be required to take to the high seas.
Carnival Australia’s Chief Strategy Officer Teresa Lloyd said the decision would bring cruising more into line with current Australian community COVID settings.
“We are pleased this decision removes the ongoing confusion that surrounds cruising for so many tourists and brings us back in step with the rest of the community, including restaurants, sporting and entertainment venues, and public transport,” she said.
“We look forward to other states following suit.”
Lloyd said Carnival Australia and its cruise lines has worked hard alongside the relevant state health authorities to ensure our ships go above and beyond when it comes to keeping guests, crew and our community safe.
“The health and safety of our guests remains our number one priority,” Ms Lloyd said.
“We will continue to abide by our strict and robust hygiene standards on our ships whilst working alongside health authorities into the future.”
Premier Chris Minns told News Corp: “These protocols were important at the time to get the cruising industry going again after COVID. They were never meant to remain forever.”
Individual cruise lines may still have their own COVID protocols.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.