The second cancellation this season of a cruise ship visit to
Port Chalmers has disappointed Dunedin tourism providers.
Sun Princess will not dock at Port Chalmers today, as
scheduled, and no reason has been given.
Notice of the cancellation was sent to the Dunedin City
Council's economic development unit and other industry
professionals yesterday morning.
Sophie Barker, the unit's business development adviser for
the visitor industry, said at least the cancellation was not
last-minute and gave fair warning to those who catered to
cruise passengers and crew.
"It's disappointing but we are glad the notice came through
early. Hopefully, there won't be any more cancellations," she
Dunedin has missed out on two of the first four cruise ship
visits scheduled this season.
Sea Princess' visit on October 14 was cancelled after
passengers were stranded on land at Akaroa.
Sun Princess was due to head for Port Chalmers and
Fiordland from Akaroa, but instead would go north to the Bay
of Islands then to Sydney, Australia.
Dunedin Visitor Centre staff believed the long-range marine
weather forecast might be linked to the cancellation,
although that was not confirmed by Sun Princess
In an email to operators, an agent stated the reason for
cancelling was not advised.
Dunedin's tourism industry was set to benefit from a record
cruise ship season, expected to deliver 230,000 passengers
and crew into the city.
The next scheduled Dunedin visit by a cruise ship is
Radiance of the Seas on Saturday, November 10.