Carnival Spirit, which had delayed a Sydney arrival scheduled for the morning of April 21 due to a storm, has now docked in port, according to a statement on the Port Authority of New South Wales website.
"The ports of Sydney and Port Botany have been re-opened," the Port Authority of New South Wales said. "Conditions abated sufficiently this morning for a pilot to board and bring in the cruise ship Carnival Spirit which arrived at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at around 9.30. However, the ongoing variability in conditions mean that pilotage services for the ports remain under constant review and so cannot be guaranteed."
Carnival Spirit’s scheduled arrival yesterday morning was delayed due to severe weather which forced the closure of Sydney’s port and prevented the Harbour Pilot from boarding the ship, Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke thanked the cruise line’s guests for their patience over the past day.
“While this delay was unavoidable given the Harbour’s closure, we greatly appreciate the good cheer and understanding our guests have shown,” Vandekreeke said.
Carnival Spirit continued to sail off the coast near Sydney yesterday and overnight as weather conditions eased, with the Captain ensuring guests were as comfortable as possible and the ship’s crew providing a full program of onboard activities and entertainment.
Carnival Spirit was returning from a 12-night cruise to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, carrying 2500 guests.
Guests travelling on the ship’s next cruise – a seven-night voyage to Noumea and Isle of Pines – will embark this afternoon for the ship’s departure at 7pm.
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