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P&O Cruises has canceled sailings from three homeports due to a lack of clarity on the cruise industry’s reopening in Australia. The Adelaide, Fremantle, and Cairns seasons will not begin until 2023. It comes after several suspensions in the nation, as cruise companies remain without a clear roadmap to resuming operations from the government.
Seasons for 2022 have been canceled.
Due to the uncertainty of restarting cruise operations in the nation and certain areas, P&O Australia has decided to cancel the seasons from three homeports in 2022. From February 2022 until March 28, 2022, the Carnival-owned cruise company has canceled sailings from Adelaide. It implies that the season won’t start again until February 2023.
From April 2, 2022, until April 25, 2022, all cruises from Fremantle are cancelled. The season will now begin in April 2023, as planned. The Fremantle to Singapore cruise, which was scheduled to leave on April 25, 2022, was also canceled. On May 18, 2022, the repositioning cruise from Singapore to Cairns will likewise be canceled.
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From June 2, 2022, through June 29, 2022, the season out of Cairns is likewise canceled. The season is currently set to start in May of 2023. Calls to Papua New Guinea, which is likewise closed to cruise ships, were also planned for these sailings.
P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell remarked, “As the native cruise company with almost 90 years of experience sailing in this area, P&O Cruises Australia has prided itself on being the cruise line with ships headquartered from all mainland cities.”
“We are understandably unhappy our customers in Adelaide, Fremantle, and Cairns will not be able to cruise from their doorstep until 2023,” Myrmell stated. They are, however, all quite popular places of call for ships sailing along the coast or around mainland Australia, and will profit from a return of cruising if governments sanction it.”
In Australia, there is no route for cruise ships.
Cruises have already resumed in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, South America, and Asia. However, Australia has yet to reopen to cruise ships, and there is no timeline or plan in place to do so.
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Myrmell has previously urged the government to lay out a clear path for the restoration of cruising to Australia. “With over 80% of Australia’s adult population completely vaccinated, society is swiftly reopening and travel has gradually resumed,” he added. Governments must work with the cruise industry to develop a plan for the gradual restoration of domestic cruising.”
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The Cruise Lines International Association Australasia has also urged the government to engage with the cruise sector to restart operations, citing other cruise markets as proof that standards work.
“We need extensive negotiations with Australian governments so we can break the pattern of inactivity and agree on a precise framework for cruising’s restart,” CLIA Managing Director Australasia Joel Katz said. The health procedures that have been implemented in other countries have shown to be effective, and we need the chance to implement them in Australia so that we may plan a thorough and responsible recovery.”
P&O Australia has already extended its stoppage between Sydney and Brisbane until February 2022. Royal Caribbean has canceled its full season in Australia for 2022, while Carnival Cruise Line has also canceled voyages on two of its ships in the nation until February 2022.