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Trip February 11th, 2009 07:53 PM

How unhappy would you be if.......
you had to do this?

Reports that passengers will be forced to disembark at a buoy in the middle of Sydney Harbour on Tuesday (Feb 10) because all other shipping berths are being used. They are full and the ship will instead anchor at a harbour buoy and its passengers taken to land by a smaller boat. This is a first for Sydney Harbour. OY!

mountain dog February 11th, 2009 08:16 PM


Manuel February 11th, 2009 08:27 PM

I would have to be there to see how it was done before I would say that I was upset or not.


nlb1050 February 11th, 2009 08:35 PM

for me just being in Sydney would be enough. as long as I could get ashore I would not mind.

Trip February 11th, 2009 08:38 PM

Here is a link, albeit with not enough info.......

I am sure for many with tight connections, many flights were missed, baggage still onboard till a berth opens, and the elderly and handicapped passengers, I can bet it was difficult, if not impossible for some to leave.
A tough decision to be sure, but it would not be one I would like to find myself in.

Donna February 11th, 2009 08:46 PM

I'd be sure upset, expecially with flights to catch, etc....Not good for their tourist industry.

belgique February 12th, 2009 12:50 AM

Hmm, see pluses and minuses all over the place here. For me, it would be kind of fun unless it was dangerous. For others with mobility concerns it would be awful.

Overall, I think the cruise line would "make good" in the form of paying for flights missed, inconvenience and maybe a hefty on board credit the next time. Hope the line acted graciously to the passengers.

ToddDH February 12th, 2009 07:01 AM

If this situation arose as a result of scheduling, it is nothing less than inexcusable.

Unlike other areas of the world, the next "appropriate port" for a large passenger vessel in Austrailia may entail sailing thousands of miles.

Although I don't know, I would find it incomprehensible if such vessels would not have have their berths on their itineraries assigned weeks if not months before they depart for a cruise.

In any event, absent an extreme emergency, the situation is again, nothing less than reprehensible.


VTJen February 12th, 2009 09:59 AM

If it was an emergency situation why the berth that it was originally allotted was now not available I would be understanding - emergencies happen.

But, if not, then it would be a hard sell I think - I can't imagine how much longer this would take...

I was on a plane once flying from Hawaii back home. First we had an electrically problem and got held up over an hour - but hey who wants to be in the air with an electrical problem - not me. As soon as that was fixed we had to stop mid-taxiing as a passenger started to have a heart attack. Yikes - thank God we were not in flight.
People all over the plane were so mad - they were going to miss connceting flights and some were really getting vocal. I knew we may miss our flight, but really it was all beyond my control and nothing could fix it, and I couldn't be mad at either hold up.

nlb1050 February 12th, 2009 11:21 AM

The last line in the article Trip posted tells me this is nothing new:
"The Ports Corporation says it common practice overseas for passengers to disembark at offshore buoys."

I would have to guess that the cruise line is used to this and know how to handle it.

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