(1.05 p.m. AEST) – Majestic Princess maintained its scheduled call to Akaroa today to support those who work and live in Christchurch.
With most Christchurch visitor attractions, cafés and restaurants and public spaces operating as usual, many Majestic Princess passengers proceeded with the tours they had booked to show support for the Christchurch region.
The passengers onboard Majestic Princess and the cruise line industry mirrored the New Zealand population’s determination to carry on and try to begin moving towards normality.
Debbie Summers, Chairman of the New Zealand Cruise Association, said the association was proud to be part of bringing Majestic Princess to Akaroa today.
“Guests are making their way to Christchurch city centre to pay their respects. Many are sticking to their tour choices, determined to show support by not backing down and just demonstrating solidarity by any which way they can. We are grateful to the cruise industry for their resilience and for simply moving forward, which is what we all must do in the light of such grotesque adversity.”
Sture Myrmell, President of Carnival Australia, which accounts for seven cruise lines including Princess Cruises, said guests on board Majestic Princess were respectfully aware of the enormity of the tragic events in Christchurch.
“There is such a strong bond between the people of Australia and New Zealand, especially at times of adversity such as this,” Mr Myrmell said. “Majestic Princess’s visit to Akaroa and the beautiful Canterbury region sends a strong message of solidarity with the people of Christchurch and New Zealand. Our guests are visiting today with a sense of reverence and respect, knowing that their visit sends a message that Christchurch and its people will prevail.”