Doug Wright

Sister ships visit in various guises

Regatta, here for the first time last Saturday, is one of a class of eight sister ships, an ambitious project that ran into financial difficulties before they were all completed and bankrupted their owners, Renaissance Cruises Inc.

On the waterfront: Echoes of past in visit of 'Albatros'

Two cruise ships due later this week are Albatros, on its first visit under this name, and Regatta, on its maiden call. They are two of the vessels calling here in what has turned out to be a record cruise-ship season.

Visitors illustrate growth in cruise liner size

It was interesting to see Pacific Dawn and Dawn Princess in port together last Thursday, then Diamond Princess a day later. These three cruise liners illustrate the growth in size of vessels that have represented Princess Cruises locally for just over 11 years.

On the Waterfront: Plenty of first-time vessel visits to Otago Harbour in 2011

On the Waterfront: Plenty of first-time vessel visits to Otago Harbour in 2011

Last year proved to be a very interesting one with such a large number of vessels calling here for the first time. And the last of these to enter the harbour was the attractive Spirit of Adventure, which was berthed at Port Chalmers last Thursday and Friday.

On the Waterfront: Variety among cruise visitors

The visit last Friday by the 77,441gt Sun Princess that marked 50 years of calls to this harbour by international cruise ships, could not have happened at a more appropriate time in the cruise ship calendar.

On the waterfront: Interest in chance meeting

Polarcus Alima and Jaya Amazon provided something totally different to the waterfront scene at Port Chalmers when they met there by chance, last Wednesday morning.

On the Waterfront: Visitors from Papenburg

The cruise ships Celebrity Century, here for the first time last Tuesday, and Radiance of the Seas, on its third visit on Friday, have more than one thing in common. They are from two arms of the Royal Caribbean group and both were built in the covered, state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility of Jos L. Meyer Werft, at Papenburg, on the River Eems, 40km inland from the North Sea.

On the Waterfront: Red-hulled bulk carriers on maiden voyages

It was interesting to see the Lauritzen group represented here by a bulk carrier and a tanker within a few days of each other late last month. Both red-hulled vessels were on their maiden visits.

On the waterfront: Inclement weather disrupts early cruise ship schedules

Now a familiar visitor to the port, Holland-America's Volendam makes its 27th visit today. And in two days' time sister ship Zaandam will be making its first appearance here.

On the waterfront: Cruise ship bonanza just keeps growing

Under the heading "Cruise ship bonanza for businesses", the illustration in last Tuesday's Otago Daily Times Special Anniversary Edition shows the famous Queen Elizabeth 2 passing Pulling Point on its first visit on February 4, 1992.