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  1. Now that's an interesting itinerary in that the ship is visiting New Zealand, but not a part of New Zealand that is generally inhabited. So, do they need to get permission to stop there, given that NZ has a maritime border ban at the moment? I genuinely don't know the answer to that question.
  2. I thought something similar re our January cruise. Celebrity may do a Carnival and change the itinerary to Aus only. Then we could fly over, take the cruise, fly home. IF Aus lets any cruise ships in. Lots of ifs , buts and maybes though.
  3. I'm not sure if this has already been shared. The first direct reference I've seen to cruise ships within the TT bubble. Be warned, it's not particularly positive. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/tourism-operators-pleading-reopening-trans-tasman-cruise-ship-bubble
  4. I can't comment on Australia but the NZ govt has stated many times that our border restrictions will not be lifted this year. We do have a travel bubble opening with Aus in a week or so but it does not include cruise ships. We still have a Maritime Border Restriction in place that does not allow ships to visit NZ except for specific reasons. I don't think cruise ships are high on the priority list. I suspect there will not be a 21-22 summer cruise season. There was an article in our paper stating that the first booking for a cruise ship at the Port of Tauranga is not until October 2022.
  5. Only from the Cook Islands, although there has been pressure from the horticulture sector to bring in seasonal workers for the 2022 season.
  6. No one is allowed in from India at the moment including all of the above people.
  7. I believe that most are probably either citizens or permanent residents. These are the people allowed to enter NZ at present: New Zealand citizens and permanent resident visa holders the partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and your visa is based on this relationship a diplomat who holds a post in New Zealand Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand Eligible travellers from the Cook Islands The only others allowed in are those travelling for a critical purpose or approved critica
  8. The reason for the temporary pause on flights from India is not because of the Covid levels in India, it is because of the number of passengers arriving with Covid. 2/3 of the Covid cases in managed isolation are from India. Therefore, the pre-departure checks and procedures are not working. So travel is suspended until April 28 to work out what is going wrong and what systems and procedures need to change. Every time a positive case turns up in MIQ, there is an elevated chance of an outbreak as seen by the two border workers who have tested positive in the last week.
  9. That's not entirely true. If returning citizens can be deemed to pose a risk to those citizens already here, then their right to return, can be temporarily suspended or delayed. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-if-border-rules-tighten-what-rights-do-returning-new-zealanders-have/3FFAVDEJNDDXMC3DDY5NUPD444/
  10. We are small next to Australia but not small if we were in Europe. It's all about context I guess. It's hard to envision how big Australia actually is.
  11. Apparently, when the Queen Mother died the BBC was roundly criticised for not being differential enough.
  12. Well we may as well be positive but also have a back up plan. We can make plans closer to the time. I am a 15 minute drive from Pilot Bay where the cruise ships pull up so that's easy.
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