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NEWS UPDATE: NSW Premier in discussions "right now" about cruising restart & 274 night world cruise!





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Australians are now well on their way to international freedom – after having endured some of the strictest and longest lockdowns in the world, it’s with great excitement that the next chapter approaches. Though a firm date is yet to be set, November should bring with it the ability for land-locked Aussies to finally spread their wings and once again take to the skies – on planes.

Very soon, fully vaccinated Australians will no longer be required to apply for an exemption to leave the country. Each individual will be able to produce their very own International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate through their MyGov account online. This internationally recognised document will be your literal ticket to freedom – and you can choose to hold a printed copy or a digital version on your phone. Airlines will check your vaccination status using the certificate at check-in and, no doubt the certificate will be checked at your point of arrival overseas. Complete details are to be confirmed, but I think it’s safe to say that the light at the end of the tunnel appears significantly larger than it did even a few weeks ago.

In the state of NSW, a double dose vaccination rate of 90% is set to be met before the end of October, whilst Australia-wide, that figure should be met within 4-5 weeks. This has contributed greatly to the proposed opening of international borders – despite many state jurisdictions still being shut domestically.

After recording and publishing my update late last week, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that he was in discussions “right now” with the Australian federal government about relaunching the cruise industry. He confirmed that talks had been started by former Premier, Gladys Berejiklian. Joel Katz, Managing Director of CLIA Australasia said, “there is now a clear will to make progress towards a careful resumption of cruise operations in Australia” He continued, “Given the progress Australia is making towards reopening borders and reviving travel,
it makes no sense to exclude cruising when our industry has committed to the most stringent health protocols to be found anywhere in tourism.”

The reality is that very soon, within weeks even, Australians will be able to fly overseas and jump onboard a cruise and return home likely with no quarantine period. We now deserve the chance to do the same from our own backyard. I’ve booked a couple of cruises for early in the new year, and I feel as confident as I ever have during this period that they’ll actually be going ahead.

If staying on dry land for the past year and a half has you longing for the open seas, well, you can now consider Royal Caribbean’s first world cruise! The epic voyage will take place in 2023, onboard Serenade of the Seas, and spend 274 nights visiting all 7 continents on Earth. With over 150 destinations across 65 countries, those lucky enough to be onboard will truly experience the voyage of a lifetime. The lucky cruisers will also be able to tick off 11 great wonders of the world from their bucket lists including Christ the Redeemer in Rio, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza. I think it would be pretty hard to argue that this isn’t the perfect way to get over the last couple of years. I’ll have another video coming out shortly that covers this incredible voyage in more detail.

And finally in the US, Princess is offering first responders a 50% discount on select cruises from California and Florida in February. This great initiative is part of the company’s endeavour to recognise the hard work put in by front line staff during the pandemic. It reminded me of when Royal Caribbean offered Australian first responders the chance to win a free cruise onboard Spectrum of the Seas, just as the pandemic was beginning to take hold.

Who doesn’t love ending on a good news story?

Thanks for watching, and see you soon!

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6 comments

  1. I booked few cruises early next year as well just hope they go ahead! I'm craving for it so much! They need 3 months to get the ships here so a green light should be given now!!!

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  2. I think your open-ended air quote is apt.

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  3. I got to flash that vax cert TWICE today…nice to know it worked and I was able to sit INSIDE a cafe and enjoy a coffee from an actual cup…also had a 50 min massage as well…awww heaven…

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  4. This morning I listened to the press conference at QANTAS Hanger 96 with Alan Joyce, Scott Morrison and Domenic Perrottet sprouting the start of international air travel next month. I hope there is as much fanfare and publicity when a start date is announced for cruising. I am annoyed that there is so much bias towards the aviation industry. Politicians must want to keep their frequent flyer points active.

    Adrian, I hope your books are full of people ready to sail away.

    The Royal Caribbean 274-day world cruise is not my cup of tea, mainly because I could not afford the $61,000 starting price, let alone the shore excursions on top.

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  5. Liv it cant wait

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  6. Things are moving now Adrian.

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