The ship that never was.

Last week, a cruise ship was due to arrive at Robe, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.  For months, the locals had been readying themselves for this unusual event, and there was an air of excitement about the town.

Flags were flying, a beautiful day had dawned, a team of volunteers was waiting to assist passengers and to show them about the town and a special farmer’s market was setting up in the main street but……   at the very last moment, literally, the ship sailed past…………….  to the great disappointment of all.  Several tour buses had arrived from other towns to take passengers on trips, and many people had travelled a distance to see the ship, all to no avail.

Thanks P&O – we will remember this.  Here’s some of what you missed out on.






14 thoughts on “The ship that never was.

  1. Shame, but you didn’t miss anything, Cádiz, which is just up the coast from here, gets cruise ships all the time. The passengers are really boring. But looks like they missed a real treat.

      • Having taken part in many markets and exhibitions, I know what you mean by that. When you put a lot of time and money into preparing for something that doesn’t happen, it’s tremendously disappointing. And that’s apart from the fact it can be a budget-breaker for some families on tight incomes.

        But from what I see of cruise liner tourists, they rarely stray far, and are pretty tight with their cash. There are two big cruise ships docking in Cádiz over the coming weekends. It’s the oldest city in Western Europe and has an amazing history. It’s the place where King Philip’s beard was singed by Sir Francis Drake, and where the combined Spanish and French fleet set off before being destroyed at the Battle of Trafalgar. I can see Cape Trafalgar from my window. The old city is a World Heritage site, really well-preserved and stunning to look at. The cafés, bars and restaurants are good and very cheap. The people are some of ther most friendly you could come across in a big city.

        Most tourists off the cruisers make the couple of hundred metres from to the docks to the Cathedral Square before turning back to the ship.

        Sorry, for such a long reply, but tourism ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.

    • I almost saw Cadiz when I was visiting Spain but…. it was raining, we couldn’t find a suitable pension, and in that light the town just didn’t seem appealing, so we ended up hopping back onto a train again for the night. Lausanne in Switzland suffered a similar fate – such were the whims of footloose Aussies 🙂
      Of course, once I went to Ireland, I HAD to put up with the rain!

    • The reason given was safety concerns due to a ‘swell’, which according to a local fisherman who went out to check, was entirely unfounded. There had been rumours in the days prior, of it going to Portland instead, which has a deep port, but they missed out also as the ship went straight to Melbourne. So who knows what the real reason was.

  2. How annoying and disappointing. I agree with the first poster about cruise ship passengers begging boring though. Ha! I went on one cruise myself, years ago, from Baltimore to Bermuda and back. I enjoyed the beginning and the end (entering and leaving the ports) but was bored out of my mind in between.

    • I remember a woman I met who told me to NEVER go on a cruise alone. Actually, the thought of cruising around tropical islands has never appealed to me – now if it’s to Antartica that’s an entirely different matter! I’d jump at that chance 🙂

  3. I’ve always said that I’d never go on one of the big cruise ships. They dock here at Galveston and elsewhere, and I swear to you, I think it would be like being in jail.

    The one cruise ship I might go on is one of the smaller — much smaller — ones that cruises the inland passage up to Alaska. But if I’m going to be on the water, give me a nice sailboat or trawler. I want to be in control of the intinerary, and I can make my own amusement.

    Really, how rude is exactly the right response. On the other hand, if an abundance of caution was involved, good for the captain. We wouldn’t’ want to have a Costa Concordia repeat!

    • Ha! I think somehow we’d make quite reasonable sea companions.
      As to the captain’s response, I agree that safety is vital, I’m just not convinced that was the real reason. But then again, I’m cynical about lots of things these days.

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