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'MV Seabourn Sojourn' warmly welcomed

Posted on 31/03/2014

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Nelson welcomed the 198-metre luxury cruise ship 'MV Seabourn Sojourn' in February. The ship, which carries 450 passengers and 330 crewmembers, berthed at Port Nelson for the day on 4 February. More than 100 passengers took tours of the region including wine and art experiences, a trip to Happy Valley Adventures and enjoyed the highlights of the Abel Tasman National Park. Most of the remaining 350 passengers used a free shuttle bus provided by Port Nelson to shop and explore Nelson city.

Nelson Tasman Tourism International Marketing Manager Loren Heaphy said that feedback from the passengers about their day was very positive. “Nelson City retailers made the visitors welcome with some offering discounts to passengers, or special events to attract them into their stores,” said Mrs Heaphy. Passengers who took tours said that they had a fantastic time.

“It is really important that cruise passengers have a wonderful experience in Nelson Tasman so we create a lasting impression which will encourage more cruise ships to visit the region. We are eager to develop this important sector and the easiest way to attract more cruise ships is by providing a first class experience for those we already have visiting.”

The cruise visit is one of seven that is expected during the 2014/2015 season and comes following significant joint marketing effort by Nelson Tasman Tourism and Port Nelson.