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Australia Extends Ban on Cruises to December 17, 2020
Sydney, Australia (Photo:Taras Vyshnya/Shutterstock)

Australia Extends Ban on Cruises to December 17, 2020

Australia Extends Ban on Cruises to December 17, 2020
Sydney, Australia (Photo:Taras Vyshnya/Shutterstock)

September 04, 2020

Aaron Saunders
By Aaron Saunders
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(1.10 a.m. AUST) -- The Government of Australia has again extended its ban on cruising, prohibiting all cruises until at least December 17, 2020.
The move comes just days after major cruise lines in the region elected to extend their bans on cruising into December; dates that will now have to be pushed back yet again.
The announcement made by Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt affects all international and domestic cruises over 100 passengers.
There is currently no timeline for the resumption of cruise within Australia, something that the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) warns has already cost the Australian economy $1.4 billion in lost economic activity as of this month. CLIA predicts another $3.8 billion will be lost as the cruise ban extends into the peak summer cruise season and will put an additional 13,000 local jobs at risk.
The summer cruise season is traditionally the most popular in Australia, luring tourists from around the world. The announcement puts Australia's entire 2020-2021 cruise season in jeopardy.
"CLIA sees opportunity for a controlled and phased resumption of local cruise operations in Australia, with strict and enhanced health protocols in place," noted CLIA in a statement provided to media. " We look forward to the formation of a working group with government to progress a pathway to a carefully managed and responsible resumption of cruise tourism in Australia at the earliest appropriate time."
While most cruise lines continue to delay the resumption of their Australian itineraries due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some have elected to scrap their entire 2021 calls on the region.
Cunard Line announced it would redeploy its Queen Elizabeth to the United Kingdom next year instead of visiting Australia, the Pacific regions and Alaska. Other calls to Australian ports have also been lost as cruise lines have begun cancelling their 2021 World Cruises.
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