The Diamond Princess in port today is the largest of the five remaining passenger ships due to visit Tauranga before the cruiseship season ends in May.
Arriving back to the ship this afternoon from trips to Tauranga, the Waikato and Rotorua are some of the 2717 passengers. Jim and Barb Thorpe from Sunriver, Oregon were amongst them.
“We went to Hobbiton,” says Jim. “That was beautiful. Then we went to the Maori Cultural Centre in Rotorua. It's been a full day.”
Jim and Barb went to Hobbiton.
Wayne Melville and Kyle Murray were on the job checking passes as returning passengers boarded the ship an hour before sailing time.
The Diamond Princess has 986 crew, has a gross tonnage of 115906 and was scheduled to depart for Napier at 6pm.
Wayne Melville and Kyle Murray were on the job checking passes.