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Passengers praise crew as Pacific Explorer docks with more than 100 COVID cases onboard

P&O’s Pacific Explorer arrived in Sydney on Monday morning with more than 100 passengers testing positive to the virus.

But passengers disembarking said it had been handled well, and just a few passengers had caused some problems.

At the end of a nine-day roundtrip out of Sydney, there are about 2800 crew and passengers onboard, with all those infected being subject to isolation requirements on a separate deck.

Of those infected, passengers who live in Sydney are able to return home.  Those who travelled from interstate are being put up in hotel rooms by P&O.

Sharon Zahabi and her family were cruising on Pacific Explorer and are now in isolation.

Ms Zahabi told Nine News: “Everytime you go into any of those marquees or theatre rooms or in to eat you have to have your mask on … I mean they’re cleaning all the time, sanitising.”

Ms Zahabi does not see this as a deterrent to future cruise travels.

“We booked knowing that there’s a chance that we would catch COVID and we still came and we will still cruise again as well.”

Those who were forced to isolate on the cruise will receive a refund from P&O.

New South Wales reported 9761 new COVID cases on July 18.

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