Cruisin' down the river with a queen

20:36, Dec 18 2012

The wind blew and the rain lashed down but that didn't prevent some 40 Marlburians from Ashwood Park Retirement village and patients from Alzheimer's Marlborough from thoroughly enjoying a hour and-a-half cruise on the River Queen on Wednesday last week.

The cruise was somewhat overdue as a nasty bug among some of the folk prevented the cruise from going ahead on November 21 as planned.

Things looked sketchy for Wednesday's cruise, with a warning of some blustery conditions predicted by the Met Office but it was decided to go ahead anyway.

"We thought we would end up just having tea in the boat at the mooring but we got to do the cruise in the end," said Alzheimer's Marlborough publicity officer, Jean Main.

"The weather wasn't the greatest and we even had rain along the way but everyone still had a wonderful time, it was really very enjoyable."

The cruise took the party, who enjoyed tea and coffee with a selection of muffins and biscuits, down the Opawa River as far as the Malthouse Reserve and back to the moorings in town.


"It was wonderful, really enjoyable," said Ross Grant, who had taken in the cruise along with his wife Mary.

According to Jean this was the first time that Alzheimer's Marlborough had organised a cruise aboard the River Queen, and they hoped to make it a regular event.

River Queen co-owner, Peter Makin said that they had been lucky with the strong winds not affecting the cruise very much until they had to perform their tricky reverse berthing.

"We were quite lucky with the weather actually, it just kind of missed us.

"It was great to have them aboard," said Peter.

The Marlborough Express