The company announced its ‘vaccination only policy’ on Friday, with Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises Australia, saying the cruise line was keen “to do our bit to get this country back up and running again”.   
“Governments have been connecting vaccination rates to plans to end lockdowns, border restrictions and, ultimately, reopening Australia,” he said. 
“In addition, our research shows that the vast majority of our guests want to cruise with other vaccinated Australians.
“P&O’s vaccination policy is an indication that everything possible is being done to support the resumption of cruising in a way that provides further reassurance for our guests and the authorities that public health and wellbeing are our top priority.” 
National plan ensures Australia can reopen with ‘confidence’
The company is keen to have travellers back on its vessels and is eyeing domestic operations as the first step in restarting the cruising industry in Australia.   
“We expect that P&O’s vaccination only policy for guests and crew would provide further reassurance for local authorities in working with the sector in developing protocols for resuming domestic cruise holidays,” Mr Myrmell said.
“We anticipate this policy will be in place until governments and public health authorities advise the broader community it has achieved the required public health outcomes and/or provides direction on public health management in the post-vaccination phase.”
Foreign-flagged cruise ships have been banned from entering Australian waters since March 27, 2020.
The cruise ship ban is currently in place until September 17 but is likely to be extended, with Australia’s international border remaining closed until vaccine targets are achieved. 
No decision has been made on a restart date for domestic cruising. 

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