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March 17, 2020

Covid-19: Cruise ships to dock in New Zealand despite cruise ban

New Zealand has permitted a luxury cruise ship to dock in Auckland after cruise ships were banned from entry to New Zealand until 30 June.


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New Zealand has permitted a luxury cruise ship to dock in Auckland after cruise ships were banned from entry to New Zealand until 30 June.

After 20 June, the decision will be reviewed.

The cruise ship returned early from a two-week trip to Auckland from Sydney. It previously called at Melbourne, Burnie, Hobart, Dunedin’s Port Chalmers, Lyttelton and Picton.

Ports of Auckland (PoAL) said that as the cruise ship was in New Zealand waters when the announcement was made, it would not be affected.

PoAL spokesperson Matthew Ball said that Silver Muse and four other ships that were in the country’s waters will be permitted to dock.

The passengers disembarking from Silver Muse will undergo the Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries processing and will not need to self-isolate.

The other ships that will dock at the port will be Hapag Lloyd’s MS Bremen on 17 March evening and Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey cruise ship on 18 March.

Crew and passengers from the cruise ships will disembark.

On 19 March, Holland America Line’s MS Noordam, which is currently empty and stationed in Tauranga, will dock in Auckland.

Another cruise ship, Ponant’s Le Lapérouse has also docked at Wellington where passengers disembarked.

Yesterday, several cruise lines announced the suspension of its cruise line operations to reduce the spread of Covid-19 on their ships.

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