The cruise ship Celebrity Solstice became the longest
vessel to visit Dunedin - measuring 317.19m - when it
docked at Port Chalmers on Saturday. Photo by Gerard
It may not have been the largest, but it was certainly
On Saturday, the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice set a record
when it berthed at Port Chalmers carrying 2850 passengers and
1500 crew for a day in Dunedin.
The vessel - on its first visit to New Zealand - weighed in
at 121,878gt, making it about 16,000gt lighter than the
record-holding Voyager of the Seas that visited Dunedin on
However, Celebrity Solstice took the honours when the tape
measure came out, stretching 317.19m - just over 6m longer
than Voyager of the Seas - from bow to stern, earning it the
title of the longest vessel to visit Dunedin.
It also carried with it a set of unique floating features,
from a two-storey glass tower of wine bottles in the ship's
main restaurant to a natural grass lawn on the top deck for
passengers to kick a ball or recline on, a spokeswoman said.
The vessel was operated out of Sydney by Royal Caribbean, the
second-largest cruise ship company in the world.
It would be a repeat visitor to Dunedin, bringing 30,000
passengers to the city over summer, she said.