You won’t find it in your GDS or on the cruise line’s website. Dream Cruises has paused sales of Explorer Dream‘s departures from Newcastle due to new Biosecurity Legislation.

Dream Cruises this week announced the pause in sales, saying it had been misinformed.

Read on for the full details:

 

WHAT IS THIS? WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHAT’S GOING ON?

In May this year, Dream Cruises revealed it would embark and disembark from Newcastle’s port on two dates aboard Explorer Dream.

The two trips received “strong support”, according to the cruise line, from both trade and consumers.

However, two months later, Port Authorities advised the cruise line that it can no longer operate the cruises from the city due to a new Biosecurity Legislation. This Legislation prevents the port from supporting the disembarkation of passengers and their luggage.

Brigita Devries, Dream Cruises’ Vice President Australia and New Zealand, said new information contradicted advice the line had previously received from the Australian Government Departure of Agriculture.

 

SO WHAT NOW?

Dream Cruises’ Port Operations team are working with relevant authorities to request special dispensation. These bodies include the Maritime Traveller Processing Committee, National Passenger Processing Committee and GoG Coordination.

The cruise line hopes to get a waiver that’ll allow guests currently booked to embark and disembark from Newcastle.

“We will continue to update our trade partners and any passengers affected by this situation, and thank them for their support while we resolve this matter.”

Brigita Devries, Dream Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand

Click here to vist the line’s website, or click here for information on cruises from Brisbane.