Passengers love their welcome

The cruise ship Noordam in the bay yesterday. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE success rate of the cruise ship season in Gisborne this summer rose again yesterday as more than 1800 passengers and a large number of crew from the Noordam enjoyed the day ashore.

It was a cruise visit with a difference, part of the Noordam’s current same-sex chartered cruise to New Zealand.

The fifth of six scheduled cruise visits this summer was completed in fine style yesterday.

“It was a bright and cheery day for everyone involved in putting together the day’s visit,” said cruise co-ordinator and Heart of Gisborne manager Lana Davy.

“The passengers were the happiest passenger base we have had. We had no complaints at all. Everyone was just happy, happy happy,” she said.

“It was such a buzz to be part of it.”

Ms Davy said it was a specialist charter cruise, with a particular clientelle.

“They brought so much fun and laughter to the Gisborne community and spent up large on party stuff for on board the ship last night.

“They were an absolute pleasure to be around.”

Several retailers spoken to said it was one of the better cruise ship visits so far from a sales point of view.

Many of the visitors headed back to the wharf with shopping bags.

The Noordam nosed into Poverty Bay at about 7am yesterday in perfect sea and weather.

The gusty winds in the afternoon made the tendering of passengers trickier but there were no issues, a port official said.

Passengers spoken to by The Herald were full or praise for the city and local people.

“This is a beautiful place and everyone is so friendly,” said one of the Australian men on board.

“We really appreciate the welcome we have received here. It's been lovely,” said a man from the US.

Several passengers spoken to said they were not looking forward to what they might encounter weather-wise overnight as the decaying tropical cyclone made its presence felt round the capital.

The Noordam headed south late yesterday afternoon, bound for Wellington.

“We are a bit worried we are heading down to ‘Crook’ straight,” joked one man.

• The Gisborne cruise season concludes next Wednesday, February 28, with a visit by Crystal Symphony, a 238m ship operated by Crystal Cruises. It carries 920 passengers and 540 crew.

THE success rate of the cruise ship season in Gisborne this summer rose again yesterday as more than 1800 passengers and a large number of crew from the Noordam enjoyed the day ashore.

It was a cruise visit with a difference, part of the Noordam’s current same-sex chartered cruise to New Zealand.

The fifth of six scheduled cruise visits this summer was completed in fine style yesterday.

“It was a bright and cheery day for everyone involved in putting together the day’s visit,” said cruise co-ordinator and Heart of Gisborne manager Lana Davy.

“The passengers were the happiest passenger base we have had. We had no complaints at all. Everyone was just happy, happy happy,” she said.

“It was such a buzz to be part of it.”

Ms Davy said it was a specialist charter cruise, with a particular clientelle.

“They brought so much fun and laughter to the Gisborne community and spent up large on party stuff for on board the ship last night.

“They were an absolute pleasure to be around.”

Several retailers spoken to said it was one of the better cruise ship visits so far from a sales point of view.

Many of the visitors headed back to the wharf with shopping bags.

The Noordam nosed into Poverty Bay at about 7am yesterday in perfect sea and weather.

The gusty winds in the afternoon made the tendering of passengers trickier but there were no issues, a port official said.

Passengers spoken to by The Herald were full or praise for the city and local people.

“This is a beautiful place and everyone is so friendly,” said one of the Australian men on board.

“We really appreciate the welcome we have received here. It's been lovely,” said a man from the US.

Several passengers spoken to said they were not looking forward to what they might encounter weather-wise overnight as the decaying tropical cyclone made its presence felt round the capital.

The Noordam headed south late yesterday afternoon, bound for Wellington.

“We are a bit worried we are heading down to ‘Crook’ straight,” joked one man.

• The Gisborne cruise season concludes next Wednesday, February 28, with a visit by Crystal Symphony, a 238m ship operated by Crystal Cruises. It carries 920 passengers and 540 crew.

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Denis Callinicos - 2 months ago
They had a great time, and at least Gisborne retailers were actually "open",unlike the fiasco on Sunday last when a fishing competition and horse racing got in their way. Hopefully not too much damage has been done to Gizzy's reputation as a cruise destination. One can only hope!

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