Po­nant repa­tri­a­tion

Cruise Weekly - - News -

ALTHOUGH Po­nant is not yet able to re­sume cruise op­er­a­tions, it re­cently as­sisted with the repa­tri­a­tion of res­i­dents of the French is­lands of Wallis & Fu­tuna.

Le Lap­er­ouse (pic­tured) was com­man­deered for the mis­sion, which saw her re­turn sev­eral of the ter­ri­tory’s res­i­dents home from fel­low French col­lec­tiv­ity New Cale­do­nia.

The first repa­tri­a­tion trip was com­pleted on 24 May, bring­ing more than 100 of the ar­chi­pel­ago’s res­i­dents home.

After five days of sail­ing from Noumea to the Wal­lisian cap­i­tal of Mata Utu, the ship re­mained at an­chor for nine days to com­plete quar­an­tine.

Wallis & Fu­tuna closed its bor­ders on 16 Mar, and has not been sub­ject to COVID-19 con­tam­i­na­tion.

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