While Australians will be able to fly overseas in less than a week’s time, cruises remain banned in our waters.

Australia is currently the only remaining major market where cruising hasn’t resumed.

Cruise ships have been banned in Australia since the Ruby Princess incident in March 2020, with the ban due to expire on December 18.

“Since 27 March 2020, no foreign-flagged cruise ships may enter Australian waters (with limited exceptions),” the Federal Government’s website reads.

“The Australian Government has extended the cruise ship ban to 17 December 2021, but this does not mean the ban will be lifted at that time.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has promised the state government will do “whatever it can” to get cruising back as safely and quickly as possible.

P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises have extended the pause to February 14 (P&A) and March 14 (Princess Cruises).

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They are offering future cruise credits or refunds.

When cruising does resume, all passengers and crew will need to be double vaccinated and test negative before boarding.

Those who do test positive on the cruise will be put in rooms set aside for isolation. Staff will also undergo extra training in dealing with COVID-19.