All existing 2019-20 cruise ship bookings at Port of Newcastle have been cancelled following changes to Australian Government requirements overnight.
The operators of Voyager of the Seas, Viking Orion and Celebrity Solstice, which were due to visit this week, have advised that their schedules have changed in response to government precautions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Port of Newcastle last week made the precautionary decision to withdraw its cruise volunteers for the rest of the 2019-20 season.
This announcement relates to cruise ship visits only and does not impact other vessel operations at Port of Newcastle.
Port of Newcastle
Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 171 million tonnes of cargo each year. With its annual trade worth about $25 billion to the New South Wales economy, the Port enables businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.
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