P&O’s inaugural visit to the Sunshine Coast’s Mooloolaba was cut short on the weekend as heavy rain prevented Pacific Pearl passengers from disembarking.
The ship and its 1,800 eager passengers arrived in Queensland on Saturday morning as scheduled, however, the Captain determined it was too risky for guests to get aboard tender boats to shore.
The ship was anchored one kilometre at sea, where guests remained onboard.
Whale One, a tender boat assigned to assist in the tender ran a test run to the Pearl, however, owner John Matterson told Sunshine Coast Daily News that sea conditions were a “washing machine”.
The cancelled call came as a disappointment to guests onboard and Mooloolaba locals that had set up a special market to celebrate the line’s first visit.
Sunshine Coast mayor expressed his disappointment on Twitter saying: “Regrettably, due to weather/safety concerns our ship didn’t come in.”
He even shared a picture of the ship at sea [pictured above].
P&O has assured it will return to the port regardless of the failed call.
The line’s website has a four-night roundtrip to Mooloolaba departing Sydney on 19 August and 4 October 2015.