Cruise season a success

The Golden Princeses (pictured) will drop its anchors in Poverty Bay nine times next summer, weather permitting. While weather ruined two out of the six scheduled cruise ship visits this season, the four that went ahead were successful. File Picture

THE cruise ship season for Gisborne has been a successful one despite the second cancellation of a visit, says cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy.

Sea conditions thwarted the Crystal Symphony’s visit yesterday — the second of four scheduled visits to be cancelled over the season.

Regular caller Golden Princess spent the day in Poverty Bay three times, with one further visit cancelled due to weather.

The fourth successful visit was completed by the Noordam last week.

“Four out of six is not bad. There is nothing anyone can do about the weather,” Ms Davy said.

“The four successful visits this season have been awesome. The number of visits has been a lot smaller than previous years but everything has gone according to plan ashore.”

The successful visits were all well received by passengers, she said.

“Gisborne has further enhanced its reputation as a cruise destination.”

Those involved in the cruise operation here pretty much know what to expect and how to roll out the welcome mat now, she said.

“We are well prepared and ready for a big season next summer.”

Eastland Port’s shipping schedule indicates 15 cruise visits next season, nine of them by the Golden Princess, which starts the season on November 15.

Oher ships calling will be the Seven Seas Mariner, the Maasdam, Silver Muse and Azamara Quest.

“A massive thanks to our more than 70 ambassadors involved in the visits this summer,” Ms Davy said.

“They made themselves themselves available as volunteers to welcome the passengers to the city, and many passengers remarked on how good it was to have guides showing them where to go. The Green Team did a great job.

“The excursions are always on the grow here and we do have a great and diverse offering for the passengers.

“We have also been impressed to see a lot more Gisborne businesses embrace the cruise industry.

“Reports from retailers indicate many saw a growth improvement in trade, thanks to the ships, and now we look forward to next season.”

THE cruise ship season for Gisborne has been a successful one despite the second cancellation of a visit, says cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy.

Sea conditions thwarted the Crystal Symphony’s visit yesterday — the second of four scheduled visits to be cancelled over the season.

Regular caller Golden Princess spent the day in Poverty Bay three times, with one further visit cancelled due to weather.

The fourth successful visit was completed by the Noordam last week.

“Four out of six is not bad. There is nothing anyone can do about the weather,” Ms Davy said.

“The four successful visits this season have been awesome. The number of visits has been a lot smaller than previous years but everything has gone according to plan ashore.”

The successful visits were all well received by passengers, she said.

“Gisborne has further enhanced its reputation as a cruise destination.”

Those involved in the cruise operation here pretty much know what to expect and how to roll out the welcome mat now, she said.

“We are well prepared and ready for a big season next summer.”

Eastland Port’s shipping schedule indicates 15 cruise visits next season, nine of them by the Golden Princess, which starts the season on November 15.

Oher ships calling will be the Seven Seas Mariner, the Maasdam, Silver Muse and Azamara Quest.

“A massive thanks to our more than 70 ambassadors involved in the visits this summer,” Ms Davy said.

“They made themselves themselves available as volunteers to welcome the passengers to the city, and many passengers remarked on how good it was to have guides showing them where to go. The Green Team did a great job.

“The excursions are always on the grow here and we do have a great and diverse offering for the passengers.

“We have also been impressed to see a lot more Gisborne businesses embrace the cruise industry.

“Reports from retailers indicate many saw a growth improvement in trade, thanks to the ships, and now we look forward to next season.”

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