Its being called the biggest peace time ship operation Sydney Harbour has ever seen.
Huge logistical operations are underway to move the Sydney Cruise Ship build up.
ABC News Sydney reports hundreds of people are being moved between cruise ships on Sydney Harbour right now.
More than 1,300 crew members are being moved between cruise ships in Sydney Harbour to prepare the ships to leave port and return home.
NSW Police have described the operation as “the largest maritime operation the city has seen outside wartime.”Five Carnival cruise ships will have left Australian waters by tonight
NSW Police and the port authority are working to refuel and restock the ships
The Ruby Princess ship, which saw more than 600 COVID-19 cases, is not part of the operation.
Five cruise ships are being restocked in an operation — dubbed ‘Operation Nemesis’ — that police said had taken days of planning.
The Spectrum of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas ships departed for their home ports after being restocked just before 2:00pm.
The Celebrity Solstice, Voyager of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will depart this evening.
NSW Police Force Marine Area Command has been working with the NSW Port Authority and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line — the operator of all the ships — to allow the ships to leave Australian waters.
“NSW Police has been instrumental in facilitating the movement of more than 750,000 tonnes of shipping through the Port of Sydney over about a 30-hour period,” Superintendent Steve Hegarty said.
600+ people on the ship now have COVID-19.
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