Ponant's Le Laperouse finds sanctuary off New Caledonia

   April 15, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The French cruise ship Le Laperouse anchored off New Caledonia after abandoning her 11-day sailing in New Zealand due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Ponant-owned vessel offloaded its guests in Wellington NZ last month as concern mounted they would have trouble finding flights back home.

The owners of the luxury ship decided against staying in New Zealand waters and were allowed by the French High Commission and the New Caledonian government to sail into waters off Noumea (Grande Terre island, New Caledonia).

The 92 crew had to stay onboard for 2 weeks, which matched the self-isolation conditions imposed on returning New Caledonian residents.

Ponant Le Laperouse cruise ship

There was no confirmed COVID-19 case on Le Laperouse.

In New Caledonia, there had been 18 positive tests but none for over a week.

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