Cruise ship has a change of plans
  • Thursday 20 August 2015
Pacific Pearl

Mayor Mark Jamieson today urged Sunshine Coast residents to get out and about and support their local businesses this weekend after weather conditions forced a change of plans for the visit by P&O cruise ship Pacific Pearl.

Pacific Pearl’s passengers will not be coming ashore due to safety concerns, forcing the cancellation of their bookings and activities.

With wind and swell forecast from the east and north-east, safe anchoring and tender operations from the cruise ship to land and return would not be possible.

“Unfortunately one thing we can never control is the weather and after an ideal day for the very successful visit last month, we haven’t experienced good fortune this time,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Of course safety of the Pacific Pearl’s passengers is paramount and after showing this interest in coming to the Sunshine Coast, and seeing and experiencing what we have to offer, it’s disappointing they can’t come ashore this time.

“However, we are very keen to see them return and will be doing everything we can to ensure that happens.

“In the meantime, hours of planning and preparation for this visit has been undertaken by many Coast businesses, especially in our hospitality and tourism sectors, and I’d ask our residents to give them some extra special support this weekend and ease the disappointment they may be feeling.

“We know P&O, who have become great friends of the Coast, are committed to coming to Mooloolaba on an ongoing basis and we very much look forward to the arrival of the next cruise on October 6.

“Given our usually fantastic conditions, the odds are now with us in the future and I’m confident we can surpass the very high rating the passengers from last month gave us on the initial on-shore visit.”