Huge ship bringing 4200 to capital
The second largest ship ever to enter Wellington Harbour is scheduled to berth at Aotea Quay tomorrow morning.
The 137,270 gross tonne Voyager of the Seas is owned by Royal Caribbean International and is 42,000 tonnes larger than the United States Navy's largest aircraft carrier.
Voyager of the Seas, at 311 metres long, is the third longest ship to visit Wellington Harbour.
The ship carries about 4,214 people and is on a 16-day cruise from Fremantle to Sydney via Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Fiordland, Port Chalmers, Picton and Wellington.
Centreport's Marine Services Manager and Chief Pilot Charles Smith said Voyager of the Seas was due at the pilot station - 7kms south of Barrett Reef in Cook Strait - about 5:30am tomorrow morning.
MetService is predicting fine weather, with the possibility of a few showers, for the passengers exploring Wellington tomorrow.
The biggest ship to visit Wellington Harbour was the Queen Mary 2, weighing in at 148,528 gross tonnes, which sailed in on a cruise last year.
The Dominion Post