Le Laperouse accidents and incidents

Le Laperouse cruise ship


Length (LOA)
131 m / 430 ft

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29 January 2021Other Incidents

On January 29, 2021, the cruise ship arrived from Singapore to New Zealand for a scheduled under charter mini-season out of homeport Auckland. However, due to a visa controversy, the ship was denied entry and became stuck approx 300 mi (500 km) off the coast.

Le Laperouse was previously granted (by NZ’s Ministry of Health) conditional approval for shipping of New Zealanders only, starting February 8. However, on January 29, Immigration New Zealand denied entry because not all of the crew had obtained entry visas in advance. Ponant had applied for NZ visas for the ship's entire 90 crew in advance. Immigration New Zealand granted visas to only 29 crew deemed “essential". The remaining 61 "nonessential" crew (including hairdressers, masseuses, bartenders) were not granted work visas.

The 188-passenger ship was chartered by Wild Earth Travel (NZ-based tour company) for roundtrips from Auckland and had already booked ~700 customers. On February 3, the shipowner Ponant cancelled Le Laperouse's NZ 2021 season (7x fully-booked cruises).

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