The departure of Sun Princess from Melbourne was delayed "following a technical matter that was resolved prior to departure", a spokesperson for the company revealed and added that had no bearing on the operations of the ship and they were pleased their guests had an opportunity to enjoy their day in Burnie.
Burnie City Council's visitor services coordinator Alison Burgess was "very appreciative" of the ship volunteers who adjusted the schedules to the delay. She said that meant a little bit of reorganizing for volunteers and stakeholders, who "could have a bit of sleep."
Sun Princess subsequently extended her stay in Burnie by a couple of hours before sailing to Kangaroo Island. She is the first cruise ship to arrive following devastating bushfires that destroyed around a third of the island.
The ship is currently on a 13-day, round-trip Southern Australia Explorer cruise which departed from Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia on January 11.
For other Sun Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.