Cruise ship arrives in Sydney with close to 300 suspected Covid cases

A luxury cruise ship carrying as many as 300 positive Covid cases has docked in Sydney on Friday morning.

The Celebrity Eclipse moored at Circular Quay as the NSW government classified the vessel as a tier 2 Covid risk, signalling there were as many as 99 positive cases per 1000 people on-board.

The cruise ship, which was carrying about 3000 people, had just completed a trip to New Zealand, including stops to Christchurch and Dunedin.

All passengers aged 12 and over had to be fully vaccinated to sail, per the Covid protocols outlined on the Celebrity Cruises website.

Vaccination certificates had to be sighted at the departure point for passengers to be allowed to embark.

Camera IconPassengers disembark from the Grand Princess at Port Melbourne last Thursday. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

It comes a week after the Grand Princess docked in Melbourne, with dozens of Covid-infected passengers allowed to disembark.

A Princess Cruises spokesperson said last week the vessel had been impacted by a spike in cases across Australia.

“Like many other tourism operators, we too have been impacted by the current fourth wave being experienced across Australia,” the spokesperson said.

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