Grand Princess in Hawaii
Grand Princess in Hawaii

The first cruise ship in nearly two years arrived in Hawaii’s Honolulu Harbour on 09JAN.

At two thirds of its capacity, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess carried over 2,000 passengers to the island from Los Angeles.

Over the next two months, six different cruise ships, with a capacity to hold more than 26,000 passengers, will dock in Honolulu Harbor, reports local news outlet Hawaii News Now.

Experts from Hawaii’s tourism industry say that the return of cruising is a key part of the state’s recovery, with cruise bringing more than 143,00 visitors to Hawaii each year, spending more than USD $58m annually.

Norwegian, Carnival Approved to Return

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has also approved Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) ships to restart operations in the state, so long as there are onboard testing and medical capabilities.

Operations in the state are permitted to restart based on the following stipulations:

  • A medical agreement outlining evacuation of passengers or crew in need of care
  • A housing agreement should quarantine or isolation of passengers or crew be needed
  • Acknowledgment of the public health response resources of the local jurisdictions and vaccination strategies implemented by the cruise lines to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19

“We appreciate everyone, including the cruise line representatives, coming together to finalize the required agreements to fulfill the CDC 'Conditional Sailing Order,'” Jade Butay, director, Hawaii Department of Transportation, said.

Carnival Miracle will call at Honolulu on 14JAN, and will also call in Maui, Kona, and Hilo. The ship set sail from Long Beach, California on 09JAN.

Norwegian’s Pride of America will restart Hawaii sailings on 05MAR and will homeport in Honolulu to visit Maui, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai.

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