Mega Ship Welcomed Back in Dunedin: VIDEO

By ,   January 19, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Hundreds of people turned out to welcome back again the mega ship Ovation of the Seas to Dunedin, despite miserable and drizzly weather.

Traffic was bumper to bumper down the port road to Aramoana yesterday afternoon, to watch the giant cruise ship arrive. It was spending an unplanned night in Dunedin, after forecast bad weather changed its schedule.

Ovation is the largest cruise ship to come to New Zealand. It arrived in Dunedin about 3.30 p.m., rather than this morning, meaning the city hosted close to 5000 passengers yesterday.

Today was set to be Dunedin's biggest cruise ship day yet with Ovation of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice in port, bringing more than 7000 passengers.

Dunedin should expect heavy rain and cold southwesterly winds, with a chance of severe gales today in exposed places. Central Otago should expect hail and a change to cold southerly winds, briefly rising to gale in exposed places.