The Fred Olsen Cruise Line's vessel was on its maiden voyage to the port city. The 1972-built MS Black Watch was commissioned as "Royal Viking Star" through 1991, then renamed Westward, then Star Odyssey, before receiving its current name in 1996. Unlike most new cruise liners packed with typical "land facilities" (like bumper cars and climbing walls), this smaller vessel harks back to the days of traditional style and charm.
The ship is due to depart at 5 pm and arriving in Brisbane (Queensland Australia) January 5. The arrival follows the first call of the season on October 25, when Caledonian Sky made her maiden voyage to Newcastle.