The MS Albatros at sea. The cruise ship was built in 1973 in Finland but is now German owned.
The MS Albatros at sea. The cruise ship was built in 1973 in Finland but is now German owned. Andreas Trepte

Bad weather causes cruise cancellation

TROPICAL Cyclone Oma has dealt an economic blow to Gladstone before a breath of her wind was able to reach our shores.

Tomorrow's  visit of cruise ship MS Albatros was cancelled less than 24 hours before her arrival as a result of the impending weather system.

The Feast on East Markets were also cancelled.

It was scheduled to visit Fraser Island and Hervey Bay today before arriving in Gladstone at 9am tomorrow, bringing about 800 passengers and more than 300 crew.

GAPDL chief executive officer Darryl Branthwaite said he was disappointed by the news but was taking a glass-half-full approach to the situation.

"We're fortunate this is the first time this has happened to us because the stops north and south of us are all tendered off the ship," he said.

"Those get cancelled on a pretty regular basis, especially the ones at Mooloolaba.

"This is not because of port facilities it's due to the impending weather system so it's going to happen from time to time."

Mr Branthwaite said it was hard to put a dollar figure on how much money would be sucked from the local economy due to the cancellation.

"We know when people get off the ship they send about $300 each but that's in a domestic sense," he said.

"This particular ship is on a 146-day tour so I don't think they're going to spend $300 every time they get off the ship."

GAPDL had toyed with the idea to run the Feast on East Markets but decided to hold off.

"If it was the weekend we'd probably still do it," Mr Branthwaite said.

"There's another ship (Pacific Explorer) next week (Thursday)... It's 70m longer and has twice as many people."



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