by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Disappointment surrounds the small South Australian seaside town of Robe today with the news that the eagerly anticipated arrival of the cruise ship Pacific Pearl will not dock, due to increased swirl. Spokesperson for Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell told 5 this morning that while disappointing, safety was a priority and the increase swirl was too risky in the transfer of passengers from the Liner to the vessel transporting them to shore.
Judy Altschwager, member of the official welcoming party, said it was very disappointing for the town. ”
“The farmers market has been setting up since 7am this morning and everyone is ready to showcase the best of the South East to the 1800 passengers and sadly it has been cancelled. Everyone is very disappointed.”
The Ministers office said that in view of the cancellation, the Pacific Pearl would now continue on to Melbourne with the suggested alternative plan of stopping at Portland, also cancelled.
The Minister said early this week, the visit to four South Australian ports, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Robe would inject $1m into South Australia.
He said, ” This will be the first time passengers on a large ship visit Robe and they will not only see the town, but will also travel to Penola, the Coonawarra and Naracoorte.”
The Minister said, ” We are keen to continue the number of cruise ship visits and the economic impact they generate for our State.”
An expected 43 cruise ship visits are planned to South Australia each year by 2020.
Organisers are hoping that people planning to visit Robe today will still do so, and enjoy the festivities planned for the day.