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Cruises To Return To Australia But There Will Be COVID Precautions

The cruising industry is getting ready to set sail once again after being shut down in Australia during the pandemic.

But taking to the high seas will look very different when the first major cruise ship, P&O's Pacific Explorer, leaves Sydney on May 31 for a four-night voyage to Brisbane.

Passengers will be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and another test once on board.

Staff will be required to wear masks, but each cruise line will decide on passenger requirements.

However, in places where social distancing is limited or not possible, such as theatres, masks may be required.

The days of serving yourself at buffets are also over, with staff now in charge of the tongs.

Staggered meals times will also ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Speaking to Channel 9, Carnival cruise lines executive David Jones said the company has "reviewed things top to bottom".

"It'll be safer on board a cruise ship than at your local shopping mall," he said.