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Luxury cruise ships calling

The Silver Muse that called here yesterday may have been a smaller cruise ship than usual, but the passengers who came ashore made the most of the excursions and activities available.

The Seabourn Encore will follow hard on her heels tomorrow. Both luxury-end ships carry around 600 passengers.

Most of those on the Silver Muse came ashore in the ship’s tenders for the day.

“It was a different cruise day yesterday because it was a smaller ship, which meant fewer passengers,” said Activate Tairawhiti tourism general manager Adam Hughes.

“But we find that on the smaller ships, a higher percentage of the passengers do the excursions.”

The passengers on the Silver Muse were predominantly Americans.

“Just because we could not see as many of them on the streets of the Gisborne CBD, they were high spenders and the day was a great success.”

A similar sort of high-end day looms tomorrow with the arrival of the Seabourn Encore.

Eastland Port officials said the weather conditions for tomorrow were “looking good”.

The Silver Muse is due back on Tuesday next week, and the Azamara Quest — another luxury-end ship — is expected on Friday.

HIGHER SPENDERS: The predominantly American passengers off the luxury cruise ship Silver Muse made good use of the range of excursions available yesterday. More higher-spending visitors are expected when the Seabourn Encore calls tomorrow. Picture by Liam Clayton