Bay too choppy for cruise visit

SAILED AWAY: The Golden Princess in Poverty Bay this morning, before weighing anchor to sail on to Tauranga. The visit was called off because of choppy sea conditions in the bay. After a couple of trial runs by tenders, the ship’s captain decided conditions were not suitable for ferrying passengers ashore. Picture by Paul Rickard

The latest cruise ship visit to Gisborne was called off this morning when sea conditions in Poverty Bay were deemed too difficult to get passengers safely ashore off the regular visitor Golden Princess.

It was to have been the first of three cruise ship visits in four days.

Unfortunately sea conditions in Poverty Bay thwarted the visit by the Princess and it was abandoned at around 9am.

“A couple of dummy runs were made into the port to check conditions, but it was decided by the ship’s master that conditions were not suitable for offloading passengers,” said Eastland Port marine manager Chris Kaye.

“There was in excess of a metre of swell across the approach channel, which makes it too uncomfortable for the passengers on the tenders.”

The Princess sailed on to Tauranga.

Lana Davy from Heart of Gisborne and Activate Tairawhiti said it was “gutting” to have the visit called off so late in the morning.

“But the captain of the ship always has the last say, and obviously the safety of the passengers must be the priority.

“It’s a shame because everyone involved was ready to go to make the visitors’ day ashore in Gisborne memorable and fun, but now we concentrate on the next two ships.”

Weather conditions look much better for the next two scheduled cruise ship visits.

The smaller luxury ship Silver Muse arrives tomorrow carrying around 590 passengers.

The ultra-luxury ship was built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy at a cost of US$380 million.

The Seabourn Encore arrives on Sunday and carries 604 passengers.

Also described as an ultra-luxury cruise ship, she was delivered to her owners the Seabourn Cruise Line in 2016.

The latest cruise ship visit to Gisborne was called off this morning when sea conditions in Poverty Bay were deemed too difficult to get passengers safely ashore off the regular visitor Golden Princess.

It was to have been the first of three cruise ship visits in four days.

Unfortunately sea conditions in Poverty Bay thwarted the visit by the Princess and it was abandoned at around 9am.

“A couple of dummy runs were made into the port to check conditions, but it was decided by the ship’s master that conditions were not suitable for offloading passengers,” said Eastland Port marine manager Chris Kaye.

“There was in excess of a metre of swell across the approach channel, which makes it too uncomfortable for the passengers on the tenders.”

The Princess sailed on to Tauranga.

Lana Davy from Heart of Gisborne and Activate Tairawhiti said it was “gutting” to have the visit called off so late in the morning.

“But the captain of the ship always has the last say, and obviously the safety of the passengers must be the priority.

“It’s a shame because everyone involved was ready to go to make the visitors’ day ashore in Gisborne memorable and fun, but now we concentrate on the next two ships.”

Weather conditions look much better for the next two scheduled cruise ship visits.

The smaller luxury ship Silver Muse arrives tomorrow carrying around 590 passengers.

The ultra-luxury ship was built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy at a cost of US$380 million.

The Seabourn Encore arrives on Sunday and carries 604 passengers.

Also described as an ultra-luxury cruise ship, she was delivered to her owners the Seabourn Cruise Line in 2016.

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winston moreton - 5 months ago
If Eastern Princess could have been permitted to reverse in and tie up at the wharf, Gisborne tourism and shop keepers/retailers would have benefited. The tourists would have enjoyed local sunshine and hospitality. Shame on the Port Authority shutting out cruise ships.

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