The ongoing ban on cruise ships in Australia is devastating businesses who rely on the booming $5b industry.
And companies fear if the ban is not lifted at the end of the year, the busy summer season will be shattered, sparking a new wave of job losses not only for them, but for related workers who rely on the industry.
Cruises support 25,000 jobs in the country, and tens of thousands more worldwide.
Sydney, the country’s busiest cruise port, sees 115,000 passengers a year, and during the summer season from December to March, multiple cruise ships dock in Sydney Harbour daily.
Almost 30 passengers on the Ruby Princess ship died after the virus spread on board at the start of the pandemic, with NSW Health blamed after it then tore through the country when passengers disembarked.