‘Fantastic’ start to cruise season

ORGANISERS involved in the first cruise ship visit yesterday said it was a “fantastic” start to the season and praised Eastland Port for the new Pier Three developments that made the tendering of passengers much easier.

The Golden Princess sailed late yesterday afternoon for Tauranga to end the first of her nine visits this season, and the first of 19 cruise ship visits to Gisborne.

There were 2100 passengers ashore for the day, along with several hundred crew members.

“The great new infrastructure at the port has worked really well,” said cruise organiser Lana Davy from Heart of Gisborne and Activate Tairawhiti.

“Crew members who have been here before said the new moorings and gangway at Pier Three made the job of getting passengers ashore, and back out to the ship again, a lot easier.

“They were really happy with the new facilities.”

Ms Davy said everyone was happy with how the day went.

“We had excellent weather, the tours and excursions were well taken up, and everything ran according to schedule.”

Steam train Wa165 made two full excursions to Muriwai and back, with 120 passengers on board each time. They were entertained by students from Muriwai primary school.

“The market in Treble Court was well attended and there were more than 20 stalls.”

Ms Davy said the karanga and conch welcome at the wharf was well received by the visitors and so, too, was the interactive Treble Court cultural performance.

“The passengers got to learn the poi and experience the haka.

“As several of them said — ‘Now we can be All Blacks’.”

Activate Tairawhiti’s general manager of tourism Adam Hughes said it had been “a big, busy day”.

“Certainly successful.

“The visitors have been absolutely stunned by the weather and they have loved their time in Gisborne.” The warmth of the weather and the warmth of the welcome were key observations the passengers made.

“Logistically, it has gone very smoothly.

It has been a fantastic start to a very big season.”

He echoed Ms Davy’s comments about the new Pier Three infrastructure.

“Eastland Port’s significant investment at Pier Three has been incredibly successful.

“It is exactly what was needed.”

Passengers spoke to by The Herald said the arrival in Poverty Bay yesterday morning was a “spectacle”.

“This is a lovely city, so clean and easy to move around in,’ said one.

“We feel really welcome here and have thoroughly enjoyed our day,” said another.

And another . . . “Coming here has made our cruise so far.”

The Golden Princess will be back in Gisborne on November 28.

ORGANISERS involved in the first cruise ship visit yesterday said it was a “fantastic” start to the season and praised Eastland Port for the new Pier Three developments that made the tendering of passengers much easier.

The Golden Princess sailed late yesterday afternoon for Tauranga to end the first of her nine visits this season, and the first of 19 cruise ship visits to Gisborne.

There were 2100 passengers ashore for the day, along with several hundred crew members.

“The great new infrastructure at the port has worked really well,” said cruise organiser Lana Davy from Heart of Gisborne and Activate Tairawhiti.

“Crew members who have been here before said the new moorings and gangway at Pier Three made the job of getting passengers ashore, and back out to the ship again, a lot easier.

“They were really happy with the new facilities.”

Ms Davy said everyone was happy with how the day went.

“We had excellent weather, the tours and excursions were well taken up, and everything ran according to schedule.”

Steam train Wa165 made two full excursions to Muriwai and back, with 120 passengers on board each time. They were entertained by students from Muriwai primary school.

“The market in Treble Court was well attended and there were more than 20 stalls.”

Ms Davy said the karanga and conch welcome at the wharf was well received by the visitors and so, too, was the interactive Treble Court cultural performance.

“The passengers got to learn the poi and experience the haka.

“As several of them said — ‘Now we can be All Blacks’.”

Activate Tairawhiti’s general manager of tourism Adam Hughes said it had been “a big, busy day”.

“Certainly successful.

“The visitors have been absolutely stunned by the weather and they have loved their time in Gisborne.” The warmth of the weather and the warmth of the welcome were key observations the passengers made.

“Logistically, it has gone very smoothly.

It has been a fantastic start to a very big season.”

He echoed Ms Davy’s comments about the new Pier Three infrastructure.

“Eastland Port’s significant investment at Pier Three has been incredibly successful.

“It is exactly what was needed.”

Passengers spoke to by The Herald said the arrival in Poverty Bay yesterday morning was a “spectacle”.

“This is a lovely city, so clean and easy to move around in,’ said one.

“We feel really welcome here and have thoroughly enjoyed our day,” said another.

And another . . . “Coming here has made our cruise so far.”

The Golden Princess will be back in Gisborne on November 28.

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