Sun Princess visits Port Arthur
The population of the Tasman Peninsula roughly doubled on Monday when cruise ship the Sun Princess moored in Port Arthur for the day.
Carrying 1500 passengers and a crew of 900, the ship entered the harbour early in the day, shrouded in mist and light rain. However the weather cleared as the day progressed and more than 1200 of those on board visited the Site and enjoyed tours of the Tasman region.
Acting PAHSMA Bookings and Promotions Officer Lydia Hantke worked closely with the ship’s crew, shore-based tour operators, MV Marana and its crew and the rest of the PAHSMA visitor services and guiding teams to ensure that the transfers ran smoothly all day and that every passenger was directed to the correct coach or tour group.
PAHSMA is working to attract more cruise ship visits directly to Port Arthur. PAHMSA CEO Stephen Large was confident that the positive feedback received from the crew of the Sun Princess and the smooth running of the operation would help in this objective.
“I am sure that all our efforts and organisation yesterday will help considerably in attracting more cruise ships to the Port Arthur Historic Site.”
The Sun Princess from the Dockyard early in the day.
Passengers arrive on one of the ship's tenders.
Lydia directs operations at the wharf
When the sun finally came out, the ship was an impressive sight in the harbour