Cruise ban continues for schoolies

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H P&O Cruises allowed to enforce ‘schoolies’ ban A ban by Carnival Australia on ‘schoolies’ cruises will continue after the Australian Human Rights Commission gave the company, operators of P&O Cruises, a two and a half year exemption from age discrimination legislation.The exemption, which covers ‘unauthorised events’ on its ships, allows P&O Cruises to apply the policy without being in breach of the Commonwealth’s Age Discrimination Act. The ban, which includes strict policies on the responsible service of alcohol and zero tolerance of excessive behaviour, is key to the company’s ‘safety-first’ approach.  “Our strong stance on ‘schoolies’ cruises is part of an approach that aims to prevent unauthorised events that could compromise the health, safety and security of our passengers and crew,” Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry said.“The Australian Human Rights Commission’s determination is a commonsense outcome that will be welcomed by all cruise passengers wanting to enjoy a relaxed cruise holiday without the risk of being subject to excessive behaviour. “It effectively recognises that P&O Cruises discriminates in favour of maintaining a safe and secure environment on board our vessels.” Key to Carnival Australia’s policy is the proviso that any passenger under the age of 19 travelling between 1 November and 7 January from an Australian port must be accompanied by a responsible adult.last_img

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