First cruise in more than two years to leave Sydney

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After a two-year hiatus, the first cruise ship will set sail from Sydney this afternoon. Sydney Harbour is expected to see the return of 42 different cruise liners as the industry restarts. MORE: See the full story TONIGHT at 6pm. 9News

The 999-cabin ship, which arrived back in Sydney last month, will become the first to berth at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.Cruises were banned in March 2020 when COVID-19 lockdowns began, following an outbreak on the Ruby Princess.

President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia Marguerite Fitzgerald said it would be an "emotional moment" when the ship sets sail.A total of 1.35 million Aussies took a cruise in 2018.Prior to the pandemic, cruising accounted for more than $1 billion annually in economic activity in Queensland, with regional destinations from Moreton Island to Cairns benefiting.

In June, Princess Cruises will home port Coral Princess in Brisbane, marking a ten-year Princess relationship with the city.Cunard's lavish Queen Elizabeth will call at Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas in November. Sister ship Queen Victoria will call at Cairns in March 2023, with flagship Queen Mary 2 visiting Airlie Beach and Brisbane the same month.Cruisers must be fully vaccinated and take a rapid test to board.

 

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