Weather stops Timaru odyssey

Timaru missed out on a visit by the cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey yesterday due to adverse weather at sea.

Aoraki Development Business and Tourism tourism manager Katerina Tiscenko said the non-arrival of the vessel was disappointing but not unusual.

"Weather diverts are reasonably common and most, if not all, of the ports around New Zealand receiving cruise ships are likely to have had this happen," she said.

"It is the captain's decision and simply a fact of the industry and out of our control."

Pacific Journeys owner Julian Barton, who handles ground arrangements for cruise ships, said he started cancelling coaches and scheduled refreshments at 6am.

"We had coaches booked for various tours including Mesopotamia, Erewhon and (the) Maori Rock Art. It is disappointing for the people who would have hosted the tours but it's the way of the business."

The Seabourn Odyssey is due into Akaroa today, weather permitting, and is scheduled to be back in Timaru for visits on February 5 and February 17.

The Timaru Herald