Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed cruising is finally back on the radar for the nation.
In a statement tonight [Thursday 10 February 2022], Morrison said the Commonwealth would work with key states to revive cruising from Australian ports “over the coming months”. The decision opens the door for foreign cruise ships to return to Australia’s coastline after some two years.
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“National Cabinet discussed the resumption of cruises in Australia, noting that there are shared responsibilities for the resumption of cruises between the Commonwealth, states and territories,” the PM said.
“National Cabinet agreed that following a decision by the Commonwealth to lift the bio-security orders that currently prevent cruise ships from coming to Australia that states and the Northern Territory would then determine when recommencement of cruises would occur in each jurisdiction, consistent with the previous agreement of the National Cabinet of 5 November 2021.”
“The Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland agreed to work with the industry to implement new protocols to enable the resumption of cruising over coming months,” Morrison’s statement said.