31 July is the date when New Zealand will fully open up to tourists and cruise ships return. Originally planned for the end of September the decision to move the date for cruising to return has delighted those who are keen to travel to our near neighbour together with the locals.
August is the middle of winter, which is traditionally a quiet time for tourism in New Zealand so cruise ships returning at this time give the industry time to prepare for the full return in October.
Australia opened to cruise ships in mid-April when the first ship sailed into Sydney Harbour on a sunny autumn day. ‘Pacific Explorer’ made her way down the harbour with flags flying and tugs with water cannons dancing around her way as she made her way to the international terminal. ‘Pacific Explorer’ will move around Sydney Harbour and take a couple of ‘activation’ voyages until her first cruise from White Bay on 31 May.
By Christmas time most of the cruise lines who were cruising to Australia, including Cunard, Seabourn, Viking and Silverseas, who were cruising to Australia prior to Covid- 19 will have returned.
Millions of people have already cruised in over 90 countries since cruises resumed after Covid-19.
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