Ship bypasses Busselton after poor weather

Photo: Stock Image.
Photo: Stock Image.

One of two cruise ships set to dock in Busselton and bring a $250,000 boost to the region's economy cancelled its visit after poor weather conditions prevented it from leaving Albany.

The Sun Princess, which had more than 2,800 passengers and crew, was due to arrive in Busselton early on Friday morning, January 10.

However, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association confirmed that the tendering call at Busselton would need to be cancelled on Thursday morning, January 9, as a result of unfavourable weather conditions in Albany.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said those that had prepared for the visit would feel the effect of the cancellation.

"Retailers and Cruise In markets will unfortunately feel the effect of the cancellation, however, we have had confirmation that Vasco Da Gama is still set to make its maiden visit to our shores on Saturday, January 11," he said.

The city had spent considerable time preparing for the visitors, with Mr Henley confirming it was not often the town had two ship visits on consecutive days.

The city, in partnership with Tourism Association, works with the community, entertainment providers and business groups to welcome cruise ship passengers.

Of those that had planned to come ashore, it is understood up to 25 per cent had pre-booked tours and 75 per cent intended to remain in town.

Fortunately, the poor weather in Albany did subside, allowing the Vasco Da Gama to call in on January 11 for the town's Float Parade.

The next ship is scheduled to arrive on January 23.