Ponant's Le Laperouse cruise ship to carry stranded to Wallis and Futuna

   April 25, 2020 ,   Accidents

The Ponant Cruises-owned ship Le Laperouse is planned to transport people to Wallis and Futuna (officially Iles Wallis-et-Futuna) who are currently stranded in New Caledonia.

The vessel has been anchored off New Caledonia (near Noumea) for ~2 weeks after canceling the 11-day voyage in New Zealand due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Wallis and Futuna (overseas territory of France, in the South Pacific Ocean) closed borders to passenger flights in mid-March 2020 and remained free of the Coronavirus.

The Ponant cruise ship Laperouse is scheduled to make the first of two roundtrips from Noumea to Wallis on May 6. With a staff-crew of 94, the ship is planned to carry ~120 cruisers each time. Le Laperouse disembarked its passengers in Wellington New Zealand.

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