Ruby Princess departs after deadly five weeks

The Ruby Princess cruise ship has finally left NSW waters after a deadly month. 

The ship has been linked to 21 deaths, and more than 600 Coronavirus cases.

The ship was ordered to leave Port Kembla today, the second day of public hearings in the inquiry into the decision to let 2,700 passengers off the ship last month.

The effort to remove crew from the ship and return them home has lasted three days, with the remaining crew on board to stay with the ship to its port of origin when it leaves NSW waters this afternoon.

The Ruby Princess is expected to leave Australian waters today. Picture: AFP
The Ruby Princess is expected to leave Australian waters today. Picture: AFP

Crew members from The Phillipines will fly home from Sydney Airport today.

The crew have been in isolation in their cabins on board the ship for over a month.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian launched a special commission of inquiry into the handling of the ship last Wednesday.

The inquiry began public hearings yesterday, after crew onboard were summoned to appear late on Tuesday.

Originally published as She's gone: Ruby Princess departs NSW after deadly five weeks



LOOKING BACK: Bingera Mill through the years

Premium Content LOOKING BACK: Bingera Mill through the years

A brief history of the Bingera Mill from when it opened in the 1800s to today.

Everybody appearing at Bundaberg Magistrates Court today

Premium Content Everybody appearing at Bundaberg Magistrates Court today

Here is a list of matters listed at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday.

Bid to split Qld in two, but south won’t get a say

Premium Content Bid to split Qld in two, but south won’t get a say

KAP bid to split the state in two, but south won’t get a say in a referendum