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

   April 25, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

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 cancelling the 11-day voyage in New Zealand due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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

Le Laperouse cruise ship

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.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.

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