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Sydney Harbour turns on sunshine as first cruise liner returns since March 2020

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The P&O Australia cruise liner Pacific Explorer is the first to make an Australian return since a ban triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The $400m liner, which has a capacity of almost 2,000 passengers, arrived in Sydney on Monday morning. The ABC showed the ship docking surrounded by tugboats, with a huge banner at the bow reading “We’re Home”.

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