A clear edict has been issued by the government, it’s time to take a holiday.
We’re being encouraged to get out there and explore. Airports are no longer ghost towns now that the half-price airfares to select Australian destinations have arrived. And we’re being urged to enjoy a city break, taking advantage of discount offers to check into big city hotels, and lounge by the pool, sit down for a meal, even eat from the buffet. So why is it that large cruise ships, under robust health and safety protocols, even more stringent than those on land, still can’t sail?
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Joel Katz says the cruise industry had been working with the federal government on a framework for the resumption of cruising for more than six months, with cruise lines globally committing to extensive new health protocols including 100 per cent testing of all passengers and crew before boarding.
“The measures that cruise lines are implementing globally go well beyond those of virtually every other form of transport and tourism,” says Katz.
Yet still there’s no set date on when we can pull out our mothballed cruise-wear, dust off the suitcase and step aboard an Australian cruise…