Gisborne wows one of biggest cruise crowds

FIRST OF 19: Golden Princess will start the cruise ship season here when it calls into Gisborne on November 15 — the first of 19 visits by ships over summer. File picture
THEY LOVED US: The 2500 passengers who stepped ashore in Gisborne from the Golden Princess yesterday said how much they loved Gisborne. The cruise ship made its first successful day trip and the cruise organisers said it was an outstanding success. Among the passengers were the McGrath family from Victoria in Australia (left). Mum and dad Simone and Michael, and their youngsters Clare (4), and twins Maggie and Tess (7) were pictured when they got off Wa165 at the wharf. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Terry and Liona Redfern and their friend Heike Butten (right), also from Victoria, went along for the ride.

THE Gisborne CBD was wall-to-wall with cruise ship passengers yesterday for the first time this summer, as one of the biggest crowds to come off a cruise ship here made the most of their day.

It was estimated at least 2500 passengers were tendered ashore from the Golden Princess yesterday in near-perfect sea conditions.

Gisborne cruise organisers said the second of four planned visits by the ship this cruise season could not have gone better.

Passengers spoken to by The Herald universally sang the city’s praises.

“We love it! We were told there was nothing here but this is a lovely little city,” a visitor from Adelaide said.

The Golden Princess had more than 2000 Australians on board.

“It’s a lovely, sweet country town,” said a woman from Adelaide, as she waved her shopping bags in the air.

“I feel like we’ve stepped back in time and we have been spending our money, which is good for your economy.”

A man from Melbourne said he really liked the openness of the harbour.

Turned the weather on

“And you have certainly turned the weather on for us.”

“Your beaches look magnificent but we wondered why more people were not using them,” said a couple from South Australia.

“We could see that golf course near the beach from the ship, and would have loved time for a round.

“The green of the greens on the course struck us. Back home our ‘greens’ are made of hardened sand.”

Other passengers said they really appreciated the free shuttle bus service to and from the port and around the city.

“In Tauranga we had to pay $10 to get a bus.”

A number mentioned the friendliness of Gisborne people and the “awesome” cultural display in Treble Court.

Heart of Gisborne manager and cruise visit co-ordinator Lana Davy said the day was an outstanding success.

“We were really glad to be able to welcome passengers to Gisborne again and we were 100 percent happy with how the various elements of the day came together.

“We know what we're doing,” Ms Davy said.

“It’s great to see all those elements like the tour operators, steam train Wa165, port staff, our ambassadors and bus operators work together to make the day such a success.”

• Chief executive of the New Zealand Cruise Association Kevin O’Sullivan was in Gisborne yesterday to get a first-hand look at the Gisborne cruise scene. It was his first visit to the city on a cruise ship day.

“It’s like a well-oiled machine here. It’s humming along. Gisborne has been a popular destination for a while and I can see that popularity increasing.”

The Golden Princess sailed late yesterday afternoon for Wellington, and returns on February 5.

THE Gisborne CBD was wall-to-wall with cruise ship passengers yesterday for the first time this summer, as one of the biggest crowds to come off a cruise ship here made the most of their day.

It was estimated at least 2500 passengers were tendered ashore from the Golden Princess yesterday in near-perfect sea conditions.

Gisborne cruise organisers said the second of four planned visits by the ship this cruise season could not have gone better.

Passengers spoken to by The Herald universally sang the city’s praises.

“We love it! We were told there was nothing here but this is a lovely little city,” a visitor from Adelaide said.

The Golden Princess had more than 2000 Australians on board.

“It’s a lovely, sweet country town,” said a woman from Adelaide, as she waved her shopping bags in the air.

“I feel like we’ve stepped back in time and we have been spending our money, which is good for your economy.”

A man from Melbourne said he really liked the openness of the harbour.

Turned the weather on

“And you have certainly turned the weather on for us.”

“Your beaches look magnificent but we wondered why more people were not using them,” said a couple from South Australia.

“We could see that golf course near the beach from the ship, and would have loved time for a round.

“The green of the greens on the course struck us. Back home our ‘greens’ are made of hardened sand.”

Other passengers said they really appreciated the free shuttle bus service to and from the port and around the city.

“In Tauranga we had to pay $10 to get a bus.”

A number mentioned the friendliness of Gisborne people and the “awesome” cultural display in Treble Court.

Heart of Gisborne manager and cruise visit co-ordinator Lana Davy said the day was an outstanding success.

“We were really glad to be able to welcome passengers to Gisborne again and we were 100 percent happy with how the various elements of the day came together.

“We know what we're doing,” Ms Davy said.

“It’s great to see all those elements like the tour operators, steam train Wa165, port staff, our ambassadors and bus operators work together to make the day such a success.”

• Chief executive of the New Zealand Cruise Association Kevin O’Sullivan was in Gisborne yesterday to get a first-hand look at the Gisborne cruise scene. It was his first visit to the city on a cruise ship day.

“It’s like a well-oiled machine here. It’s humming along. Gisborne has been a popular destination for a while and I can see that popularity increasing.”

The Golden Princess sailed late yesterday afternoon for Wellington, and returns on February 5.

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Leatha Scragg - 6 months ago
Great for Gisborne

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